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Help Autistic Clients Build Strengths, Ease Frustration, & Engage with the World: Techniques to Improve Cognitive Development, Early Language Development, Anxiety, & Behavior

Robert Bernstein, MA
1 Hour 33 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 22, 2022
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Watch autism expert and author, Robert J. Bernstein, MA, as he teaches you how to skillfully use cognitive/developmental approaches to significantly improve cognitive development, early language development, anxiety, and behaviour in autistic children, adolescents, and young adults (0-24 years old). Through recorded client sessions and case examples, Bernstein will guide you through how and why significant change occurs when using cognitive/developmental approaches. You’ll learn techniques to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses in thinking and organizing, developing flexibility, sequential thinking, verbal expression, problem solving, and much more!

In this session you'll learn how to:

  • Elicit language that comes from within the child
  • Connect during times of opposition or no engagement
  • Reduce anxiety in the classroom environment
  • Use the natural world to embrace the children’s nature
  • Foster independence for young adults

You’ll observe how the behavioural approach is beneficial and how the cognitive/developmental approach can greatly enhance autistic client's engagement with the world!



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Robert J. Bernstein has devoted his career to improving the lives of children, teenagers, and adults with autism spectrum disorders. He developed his cognitive-based approach over more than thirty years of in-depth one-on-one work with clients ranging from nonverbal toddlers to high-functioning adults.

He has consulted for the pediatric neurology department at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and the medical clinic Pediatrics 2000 in New York City, is an educational consultant to the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and has provided expert testimony at hearings on behalf of young people on the autism spectrum.

He conducts monthly international workshops for the United States Autism Association and Montclair State University, speaks at international conferences such as the India Inclusion Summit, conducts college seminars and leads support groups for families of persons with autism spectrum disorders. He appears regularly on WVOX radio in New Rochelle, NY, and has his own “Uniquely Normal – a Rob Bernstein Podcast.” In 2012, he founded the Table Tennis Therapy Program for Aspergers Individuals in Pleasantville, New York, the first program of its kind. He’s a Board Member of ARC and the USAA.

Rob has a child and a brother on the autism spectrum, who are both highlighted, along with 27 case stories, in his recent award-winning book, Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy to Treat Autism. The foreword is written by Temple Grandin.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Robert Bernstein maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Manhattanville College, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. He is the co-founder of WILS Westchester Institute for Learning Services. Robert Bernstein receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Robert Bernstein is a columnist in Autism Advocate Parent Magazine and is a council member for Exceptional Children. He is a member of the Board member of ARC.


  1. Identify cognitive developmental techniques to limit disruptive behaviour to increase social participation through language development.
  2. Formulate specific intervention activities that provide the just right challenge to enhance occupational performance for an autistic child or adolescent through effective assessment of language abilities.
  3. Apply immediate intervention strategies to address social anxiety symptoms in autistic children to promote effective communication within occupational participation.
  4. Distinguish strengths-based and client-centred approaches through a cognitive developmental lens to promote social participation and friendship for autistic children.


  • Cognitive/Developmental Approaches for:
    • Cognitive development
    • Early language development
    • Anxiety
    • Behaviour
  • Assessment Techniques for Strengths and Weaknesses in:
    • Thinking about cause and effect
    • Self-correction; big and small
    • Solving a problem together; planning; sequential thinking; expressing choices
    • Organizing thinking; verbal self-direction; verbal expression
    • Use movement to elicit and organize language
    • Therapeutic car ride
    • Accepting another person’s feelings and differences
    • Overcoming perseveration
    • Taking turns
    • Teaching flexibility to highly intelligent children and young adults
  • Apply Cognitive/Developmental Techniques to:
    • Elicit language that comes from within the child
    • Connect during times of opposition or no engagement
    • Reduce anxiety in the classroom environment
    • Use the natural world to embrace the children’s nature as well as enhance success
    • Foster independence for young adults

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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