What's in this module?

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What's included

This module provides a foundational framework for how to interpret the diagnostic criteria.

  • Over 20 observation clips with commentary comparing neurotypical and atypical behaviours

  • Section A and B of the diagnostic criteria

Module Outline

The module describes behaviours under each of the following diagnostic elements / symptom groupings.

  • Section A - Social communication and social interaction

  • Social-emotional reciprocity

  • Non-verbal communicative behaviours

  • Developing, maintaining and understanding relationships

  • Section B - Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities

  • Stereotyped or repetitive behaviour

  • Insistence on sameness, adherence to routines and ritualised behaviours

  • Restricted/ fixated interests

  • Sensory behaviours

Skills Focus

This module focuses on the following skills:

  • Behavioural observation

    Develop your knowledge of how the diagnostic constructs are displayed in behaviour and practise attunement to the most important aspects of these behaviours.

  • Critical Thinking

    Develop your ability to closely examine and determine the difference between typical versus atypical behaviours

Your instructor

Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre

Dr Anne Chalfant

Anne is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre based in Sydney. A successful author, speaker, podcast host, and researcher in child development and mental health, she consults across Australia and globally. Anne is internationally regarded for her expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a member of both the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Anne began her early career developing and co-authoring the Autism Spectrum adaptation of the acclaimed Cool Kids Anxiety Program. She received the Australian Psychological Society National Clinical Psychology Conference Prize for Early Career Research for this work. In 2011, she published the book, Managing Anxiety in People with Autism, which subsequently became a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Psychology section. It has since sold thousands of copies worldwide. She also published the children’s book “Wally the Worried Wallaby in Dog-Gone Trouble” and the related parent guide as a way to assist families in preventing and managing anxiety in young children. In 2004 Anne was a pioneer in establishing a multidisciplinary private practice, which specialised in helping children with developmental and mental health difficulties. For over 15 years Annie’s Centre was known as a centre for excellence in assessment, diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children and families. Now Anne splits her time between caring for her own 5 children, producing the Annie’s Centre podcast as a free support service to families, and conducting training courses and workshops. These are highly regarded by medical and allied health professionals across the globe.