Positive Reinforcers, Pills, and Physicians: Collaborating to Help Children with ASD Learn
|Saturday, May 24, 2014
|4:00 PM–4:50 PM
|W375e (McCormick Place Convention Center)
|Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
|CE Instructor: Nicole Luke, Ph.D.
|Chair: Nicole Luke (Surrey Place Centre)
|ALVIN LOH (Surrey Place Centre)
|Dr. Alvin Loh is the developmental pediatrician and chief of medical services at Surrey Place Centre. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is one of the lead investigators in the Autism Treatment Network (ATN)—Toronto site, which is one of 17 sites in North America. The network aims to improve the standard of medical care for children with autism, through research and the creation and sharing of clinical toolkits and algorithms. He has current research interests in toddlers with autism and regression. Dr. Loh is passionate about improving collaboration between medical professionals and behaviorists to improve the care for children and youth with challenging behaviors.
This talk will cover core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder and will discuss the current pharmacological approach to targeting symptoms of ASD. Educating caregivers is important when considering medication, and it is helpful to remember the medical contributors to disruptive behavior. Behavior analysts can help to identify the function of behavior and how the environment may be arranged to improve outcomes. Physicians can help treat symptoms of a disorder and identify interfering medical issues. Both have common goals for an individual client and the family’s improved quality of life. When doctors and behavior analysts can work together, they can improve the support they provide to families and children.