Understanding and Supporting the Behavior of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Session Overview

This webinar will provide an overview of the reasons that challenging behavior may occur in students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  It will also provide an overview of strategies that can be used to prevent challenging behaviors in these students, and resources that can provide additional information related to managing challenging behaviors. The two presenters have expertise in supporting students with ASD and behavioral health challenges within school settings.


Learning Objectives 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and define common types of challenging behaviors among students with ASD.
  2. Explain three primary reasons that challenging behavior may occur among students with ASD.
  3. Discuss preventative strategies for educators and providers to prevent challenging behavior in the classroom among students with ASD.
  4. Identify online resources and training opportunities that can provide additional information on managing challenging behaviors among students with ASD.



Katherine Pickard, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her primary research interest is in the translation of evidence-based treatments into community systems that are naturally positioned to serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental delays. Clinically, Dr. Pickard is a licensed psychologist and has a strong background in supporting individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She holds specific expertise in parent-mediated intervention for young children as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth with ASD and co-occurring anxiety. 


Deva Carrion, PhD, BCBA-D, began working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities in 2010.  She then went on to earn her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Iowa and her pre-doctoral internship at Munroe-Meyer Institute before returning to Marcus Autism Center in 2018 for her postdoctoral experience. She is a licensed psychologist and doctorate-level, board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). She oversees the School Consultation Program which provides consultation, trainings, and professional development for school systems to effectively serve students with educational needs and behavioral challenges, especially those diagnosed with autism and related disorders. 

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