Practical Autism Treatment – From Theories to Realities A Case Management Survival Guide

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Presented by
Jill CalderM.D., Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Thompson Cariboo, Shuswap Region
Recorded August 27, 2008 in Vancouver

About the Presentation

ACT has developed this Online Video to give Dr. Calder the opportunity to provide parents across B.C. with a “big picture” look at the practical realities of autism treatment. Using video and programming examples from the life of her own son, now a teenager, Jill brings alive the reality of autism treatment and in the process provides a broad understanding of what treatment means to parents – whether their child is 2 or 18.

Dr. Calder uses humour, research and her experience of the major treatment modalities, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Speech and Occupational Therapy, Social Stories and Social Thinking, to inform and inspire the viewer. The result is a compelling presentation full of important insights into the special challenges of autism for parents and how they can be supported by community professionals to become active participants in their child’s treatment.

Part 1: What is Autism and What is Case Management?
Part 2: Basics of Case Management
Part 3: Treatments for Behaviors, Sensory and Communications
Part 4: Sharing Experiences, Relationship Development and Social Thinking

About the Presenter

Dr. Calder is a Medical Rehabilitation Specialist, and has been Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services for the Thompson Cariboo Health Region since 1991. In her clinical practice, she has special interests in paediatric rehabilitation and brain injury. Prior to her medical career, she received a combined degree in occupational therapy and physical therapy. She has given numerous pre¬sentations on autism to medical and non-medical audiences, with a focus on the need for evidence-based treatment and interdisciplinary co-operation. Dr. Calder has a teenage son with ASD.

Who Should View this Online Video?

This presentation was developed for parents primarily but community professionals have found it to be extremely insightful to gain a better understanding of the practical realities of treatment and the parental experience of building a treatment team. For feedback from previous participants, see below.

Comments from Live Events

  • “Extremely informative & delivered with a sense of humour from someone who has been there, done that. Tons of useful practical advice that could save a lot of time and heartbreak.”
    -Parent from Gibsons
  • “Very informative & inspiring. Beneficial to ‘new’ parents as well as ‘experienced’ parents. Thanks for sharing your approach and info on data tracking – key to school success!”
    -Parent & Para-professional from Sechelt
  • “Very good presentation, especially the therapy and practical issues of autism. Easy to follow & listen to Dr. Jill Calder”
    -Professional from Victoria
  • “Very well spoken, GREAT videos. Nice to see her step through some issues.”
    -Para-professional from Prince George
  • “Really like Jill’s sense of humour – it is so important in this line of work!”
    -Parent & Para-professional from Powell River
  • “I really appreciated Dr. Calder’s candor, honesty, & sense of fun. Thank you for sharing your pearls!”
    -Parent from Prince George
  • “Appreciated the combination of medical background and personal experience. Great anecdotes & good visuals.”
    -Professional from Gibsons