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Coexisting ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety: Understanding and Treating the Complicated Diagnosis
September 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Open to mental health professionals for 3 CE credits. This course will present specific strategies using medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help children find the right balance between under-inhibition and over-inhibition.
On one end of a self-control and attention dysregulation spectrum, ADHD can be thought of as a disorder of under-inhibition and distractibility. On the other end of this spectrum, autism and anxiety can be viewed as disorders of over-inhibition and perseveration. When these conditions coexist, effective treatment depends upon finding the right balance between opposing tendencies.
- Learn how to conceptualize coexisting ADHD, autism, and anxiety as intertwined disorders along a “Self-Control and Attention Dysregulation Spectrum” (SCADS)
- Learn how ADHD can be thought of as a disorder of under-inhibition and distractibility; autism and anxiety as disorders of over-inhibition and perseveration
- Learn how to apply the concepts of “therapeutic window” and “Golden Mean” to find the right balance between under-inhibition and over-inhibition in children with these coexisting conditions
- Learn a specific approach to medication management of coexisting ADHD, autism, and anxiety (including case discussion)
- Learn a specific approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy of coexisting ADHD, autism, and anxiety (including case discussion)
About the Presenter:
Dan Shapiro, M.D. attended medical school at George Washington University (1982) in D.C. and did his Pediatric Residency training at Children’s Hospital (1985) in DC. He practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland (1985-1998) before shifting his focus to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (since 1988). He a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and an Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine. He is married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Currently, he sees children and consults with parents in his home office.
This is a training for mental health professionals that is open to community members.
CE Credits: Eligible for 3 CE credits