Evidence-based OT Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course Overview




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Video Presentations

3 Hours. 3 CEUS

This course will review:

  • Levels of Evidence and how to use research to guide your practice
  • Review changes in the DSM Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the impact on intervention
  • Theoretical premise, clinical application, principles and evidence base for the most common OT intervention approaches including:
    • Behavioural Interventions
    • Developmental Interventions including DIR Floortime
    • TEACCH
    • Sensory Integration
    • Technology-based interventions
    • Animal-assisted intervention
    • Social-Cognitive Interventions
    • Parent-directed Interventions
  • Application to context
These Frames of Reference are not profession-specific and the evidence reviewed is applicable to the MDT for application to their own scope of practice. The course is thus open and accredited for attendance by the MDT.

Recorded Webinar: Case Study Application Presentation

1 Hour.

This presentation explores application of the clinical principles and evidence discussed in the first presentation to the SA public health context and client profile, a private practice case and a school-based case. There is discussion about the SA treatment efficacy research and the efficacy of interventions for adolescents and adults, with sharing of references and resources.  

Read the Literature

3 CEUs. 15 MCQs.

Includes a voucher for an online article activity of your choice on Article CPD.


About the Presenter


Jennifer Hooper [(MSc(OT)] is a Partner at The OT Link and has a special interest in the treatment of children with ASD and the support of their families. She completed her Masters Research Report on the topic “Caregivers needs for service provision for their children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. Her career highlights include: running a multidisciplinary clinic for children with ASD and their parents at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and treating clients with ASD in private practice and the special school system in the UK.

Jennifer has worked in the public health, private practice, and NPO clinical settings covering general practice, paediatrics (medicine and surgery, neurology, psychiatry, learning and development) and medico-legal functional capacity client loads. She has also taught in the under graduate OT programme at WITS University and at post graduate level predominantly in the fields of neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics.  Jennifer’s passions include: teaching and learning; working with families and children towards realising their goals and happy, healthy living; multi-disciplinary, quality service delivery based on sound evidence-based principles; activities(!) and the magic of the task-orientated approach.


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