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High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Where:   EDISON, NJ

When:  Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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A Person-Centered Approach to High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
The higher functioning (previously known as Asperger’s Disorder) population of Autism Spectrum Disorders has recently received a great deal of attention. DSM-5® no longer diagnoses individuals as Asperger’s Disorder or PDD-NOS; they are included in the broader Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) label. This presents significant changes to the way professionals diagnose and treat this population.

Mr. Kowalski teaches participants how to apply a person-centered approach to treating individuals on the higher end of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Attendees will encounter the typical deficits seen in the domain of social-interaction and obtain intervention techniques to address tact, proxemics, social rules, egocentricity, naiveté, and jocularity. Obsessive interests, poor play skills, dislike of physical contact, and gullibility that are often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be addressed. Expand your ability to treat social-communication deficits such as abuse of conversational rules, prosody, perseverative questioning, abstract reasoning, pedantic speech, and nonverbal communication skills. Enhance clients’ emotional regulation with specific techniques designed to improve stress, anxiety, self-esteem, change, ritualism, and sensory overload, and how to recognize emotional states in themselves and others. In addition, this seminar offers extensive strategies to enhance the academic needs of the ASD client by focusing on seven core academic issues: initiating work assignments, increasing motivation, decreasing distraction, compensating for gross and fine motor deficits, adapting the curriculum, academic modifications, and increasing cognitive processing. Attendees will leave this seminar feeling empowered and ready to employ these techniques, resulting in improved outcomes and functional daily living.

  • Determine how to develop social awareness

  • Ascertain how mirror neurons impact social awareness

  • Examine how emotions are connected to social effectiveness

  • Discuss the social triad of interaction, communication, and emotional regulation, with techniques to address deficits in these areas

  • Detect fine motor difficulties and how to address them

  • Recognize when sensory difficulties are present and determine how to address them

  • Discover how to deal with rage

  • Examine gross motor difficulties and how to address them

  • Ascertain how to address problem academic behaviors such as talking off-task, daydreaming, ignoring new information, reading comprehension, tendency to focus on unimportant information, organization, self-monitoring skills, time management, procrastination, problem-solving, literalism, and perfectionism

  • Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Educators

  • School Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • Counselors

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists


TIMOTHY P. KOWALSKI, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social-pragmatic communication deficits and internationally known expert on individuals on the higher end of the autism spectrum. He regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected of social and academic difficulties associated with high functioning autism. He is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges and is also a consultant for forensic cases involving Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr. Kowalski has worked in a variety of psychiatric healthcare delivery systems, including in-patient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, sex-offender units, and school-based settings. He obtained his master’s degree in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven. 

Financial - Author of various books on the subject and receives speaking honorarium from Vyne Education
Nonfinancial - VP for Convention for the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Counselors: This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occuaptional Therapy Process.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New Jersey: This program has been submitted for 6 continuing education credits to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants.

Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

Social Workers
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

Social Workers: New Jersey
This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #32 Course #1498 from 8/8/2017 to 8/8/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6. Provider #32 Cross Country Education is now Vyne Education, LLC.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists
This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

This educational offering may qualify toward your professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6 clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to calculate professional development/continuing education credit.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"Great people skills. Capable of presenting relevant information in a very humorous way. I learned a lot and can apply it in my practice. I highly recommend him."

"Presenter was exceptionally informative, well-paced, and pragmatic. I learned many practical techniques that I look forward to implementing."
-Rebecca Broyles, SLP

"Excellent seminar. I liked his expertise and how well he presented. He is passionate about this specialty and it is readily noted. Really appreciated the hands-on techniques and numerous resources."
-Luisa Castellanos, LPC
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