Challenges for Moving Forward – Adapting Existing Therapies for Individuals with ASD: Panel Discussion

This 30 minute panel discussion features researchers and clinicians discussing the adaptation of therapies for individuals with ASD, covering both practical strategies and research findings.

The discussion was recorded at ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference which provided a forum for community professionals, researchers, individuals with autism and families to discuss co-occurring mental health conditions and consider solutions to the complex realities facing individuals with autism who rarely have ‘just autism’.


Jonathan Weiss, PhD – Registered Psychologist, Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, Toronto.

Krista Johnston, PhD – Resident, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW – Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Toronto

Rashmeen Nirma, PhD – Registered Psychologist, Clinical Instructor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Pediatrics, Vancouver

Christopher Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Director, Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre


Part 1: Jonathan Weiss, Krista Johnston & Dori Zener

Part 2: Rashmeen Nirmal & Christopher Gillberg

Part 3: Q&A – Recommendations for dealing with lack of support funding after age 19