Mental & Behavioral Health

The Importance of Promoting Adaptive Behavior for Enhancing Self-Sufficiency in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

May 10, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services

Webinar Description
Adaptive behavior is generally defined as the independent performance of daily activities that are required for personal and social self-sufficiency. Deficits in adaptive behavior are, by definition, criteria for Intellectual Disability. Yet, adaptive delays are also common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), especially in students without cognitive or language impairment. Research has shown an increasing association between adaptive behavior delays and poor adult outcome. This presentation will outline these profiles of adaptive behavior and discuss the importance of assessing for and teaching adaptive skills within the school system.

About the Speaker
Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D., obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She trained and worked at the Yale Child Study Center’s Autism Program for nearly a decade before relocating to Emory University School of Medicine and the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA, where she directed a large-scale clinical research program from 2011 to 2018. In 2018, she opened her own company, Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services, where she specializes in diagnostic assessment, as well as teaching and training for autism spectrum and related disorders. Dr. Saulnier has published numerous articles, she is an author on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition, and she has written two books, Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment and Essentials of Adaptive Behavior Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

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Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D.

Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D.

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