0.1 ASHA CEUs are available for this webinar
The Eden II Programs Diagnostic and Outreach Center is offering a webinar Wednesday, January 30th, 2019! All of our webinars are delivered by a live presenter who is a topic area expert with years of experience working with individuals on the spectrum. The live format allows for frequent opportunities to interact with the presenter.
Registration for this webinar is $30.
Please note you must be registered and attend the webinar to obtain ASHA CEUs.
Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Catatonia in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?
Jan Downey, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Director of Long Island Speech-Language Services
for Eden II’s Genesis Programs
Characteristics of catatonia and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have some overlap in symptoms which may lead to misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose the condition at all. Research dictates the necessity for prompt detection and diagnosis of catatonia as it can become chronic or develop into its most severe presentation when left untreated or improperly treated. Essential components of an evaluation include extensive informal assessments and the administration of the standardized Bush Francis Catatonia Rating Scale (BFCRS; Bush, Fink, Petrides, Dowling, & Francis, 1996) by medical professionals and clinicians knowledgeable in the manifestations of autistic catatonia. The lorazepam challenge test should also be implemented to confirm a diagnosis of catatonia. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) added “catatonia secondary to a medical disorder” and “catatonia associated with mental disorders” and includes revised diagnostic criteria. Catatonia is now recognized as an associated feature of ASD by psychiatrists, psychologists and medical physicians in the DSM-5. This presentation will focus on the proper diagnostic procedures and research based treatment of catatonia in ASD.
- Attendees will list the diagnostic criteria of autistic catatonia in the DSM-5.
Attendees will identify the overlapping symptoms of ASD and catatonia.
Attendees will define two key important factors when identifying catatonia in individuals with ASD.
Attendees will describe informal assessment criteria when diagnosing catatonia, including the Blueprint for Assessment of autistic catatonia developed by Shah
and Wing (2006).
Attendees will describe administration of the BFCRS, its 14 question screening instrument (BFCSI), and nine-step standardized examination.
Attendees will identify the research based treatment for catatonia in ASD.
Parents, SLPs, Special Educators, Behavior Analysts, etc.
This event is being offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
Ms. Jan Downey is employed by Eden II Programs where she receives a salary.
Ms. Jan Downey is the mother of two children with autism.