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Digital Seminar

The Key to Autism: Integrating Brain Development with Practical Strategies for Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA
6 Hours 04 Minutes
Mar 10, 2016
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  • Discover how the brain with autism works
  • Evidence-based strategies to teach self-control, self-regulation, flexibility and more!
  • Screen and assess autism using DSM-5® and ICD-10 updates
  • Ethical issues in treating autism
  • Simplified functional behavioral assessments

In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and successful interventions.

Join autism expert, Cara Daily, PhD, and learn how to integrate the latest research on brain development in your work with children with autism (0-19 years). You will walk away with up-to-date behavioral strategies to teach new skills, including:

  • Social communication for identifying social rules
  • Self-regulation for stress and anger management
  • Self-help for hygiene, toileting, dressing, feeding
  • Attention and motivation for staying on-task
  • Maintaining and generalizing positive behaviors

Through dynamic discussion using dozens of case studies, video examples and experiential exercises and activities you will learn new strategies for treating autism, the ins and out of functional behavioral assessments and how to problem solve challenging behaviors, such as hitting, kicking, spitting, self-injurious behaviors, sexual behaviors and perseverating with this population.


- 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 online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Daily Behavioral Health

Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA, is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioral analysis services to individuals with autism.

Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral-based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2016).

Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cara Marker Daily is the president/training director for Daily Behavioral Health, Inc.  She is the founder/executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Daily receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Cara Marker Daily is a community advisory board member of the Fairview Hospital. She is a board member for Building Behaviors Autism Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.



  1. Screen and diagnose autism using DSM-5® and ICD-10 updates.
  2. Differentiate between abilities that are intact versus impaired in the brain with autism.
  3. Compare and evaluate empirically validated strategies for children with autism.
  4. Identify the best time to teach a new behavior.
  5. Determine the 2 major functions of a behavior using case examples.
  6. Employ evidence-based strategies to teach self-control, self-regulation and flexibility.
  7. Implement programs to assist in generalizing social skills.
  8. Analyze certain punishment techniques and the ethical dilemmas in using them.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • DSM-5® and ICD-10 updates
  • Comorbid disorders
  • Latest research in brain development
  • Intact versus impaired abilities
  • Information processing

Screening and Assessment Tools

  • General developmental screeners
  • Specific autism screeners
  • Sample assessment measures

Early Intervention and Evidence-based Therapies: Video Examples

  • Applied behavioral analysis
  • Developmental therapies
  • Educational interventions
  • Psychopharmacology

Behavioral Techniques

  • Teach social communication, self-help skills and on-task behaviors
  • Decrease spitting, hitting, kicking and other inappropriate behaviors
  • Increase attention and motivation
  • Simplified functional behavioral assessments

Social-Communication Strategies

  • Visual systems to improve communication
  • Programs to assist in generalizing social skills
  • Use of videos to model and role play
  • Concrete methods to teach social rules
  • Techniques to help individuals with ASD identity social errors

Environmental Strategies

  • Schedules, time-lines, web diagramming and other organizational systems
  • Reinforcement menus that set the child up for success
  • Tips to structure your room for optimal learning

Self-Regulation Strategies

  • Tools to help the individual with ASD recognize emotions
  • Handouts to teach the individual flexibility
  • Relaxation techniques for stress and anger management

Ethical Challenges in Autism

  • Welfare of the individual
  • Informed consent
  • Least restrictive
  • Use of restraints
  • Time-out versus seclusion
  • Alternatives to punishment

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

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