3 CE Credits for Massage Therapy, Athletic Training & NJ Chiropractic
Conventional treatment approaches for individuals with autism spectrum disorders includes touch-based treatment and passive movement of the body (joint range of motion, stretching) as well as active movement (motor skill training and exercise.) The techniques used in these types of treatments are distinctly similar to—or the same as—techniques used by massage therapists, personal trainers, and other providers of fitness & wellness services. This workshop will provide an overview of the clinical presentation of autism spectrum disorders and treatment for associated symptoms. Specific examination will include how massage and movement techniques are used in treatment and the evidence-base for effects on associated symptoms. Strategies to include massage and movement modalities as integrative treatments will be explored.
At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Recognize the range of conditions on the autism spectrum and associated symptoms.
- Summarize human senses and recognize how they present in symptoms that are associated with autism spectrum disorders.
- Identify tactile characteristics and how they are presented in different massage and movement modalities.
- Compare and contrast the effects of active and passive movement on sensory awareness and motor skills.
- Draw information from research to initiate an evidence-based discussion about potential effects of massage and movement on symptoms that are associated with autism spectrum disorders.
- Identify potential ways to collaborate through movement and massage treatment with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders and (where applicable) their parents/caregivers.
Course will include:
|Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders
· Clinical presentation(s)
· Risk factors
· Diagnosis and assessments
· Conventional treatment approaches
· Potential for integrative treatments
|Review of sensory neurology
· The special senses
· Kinesthetic awareness and proprioception
· Gross and fine motor skills
|Passive movement in treatment
· Touch and tactile stimulation
· Range of motion
· Summary of research evidence
|Active movement in treatment
· Motor skill training
· Collaboration and communication through teamwork
· Summary of research evidence
|Practical approaches to integrative treatments
· Identifying collaborations
· Preparing summary materials
· Summarizing theories, practices, and assessments
· Drawing upon research evidence
· Detailing treatments
· Assessing effects of treatment
About the instructor: Virginia S. Cowen, PhD
Dr. Virginia Cowen has over 15 years of experience teaching in the health-related or complementary and alternative medicine areas for colleges including Rutgers University and UMDNJ. In addition to her private practice as a therapeutic massage, bodywork and exercise professional, she is also the founder and principal in a research and education consulting company that includes clients in consumer cannabis industries. A popular presenter, she is also a published author of several books about health including a guide for touching and relating to those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as numerous articles for professional publications and journals.