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This module will provide information on the characteristics of ASD with regard to emotional vulnerability.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 26 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Explain the relationship between emotional vulnerability and each of the following: social challenges, sensory differences, and change.
  2. Describe conditions or psychological diagnoses that often co-occur with autism.
  3. List behaviors in each of the following categories that indicate that an individual with autism is experiencing emotional vulnerability: mood differences, anxiety differences, and challenges with self-regulation.
  4. Describe ways that emotional distress (anxiety and/or depression) often looks different in autistic people compared to their typically developing peers.
  5. Describe how seeing the underlying autism helps to prevent emotional challenges for people on the spectrum.

Module Authors

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is co-creator of a comprehensive model of intervention. Along with Dr. Barry Grossman, Dr. Aspy has written The Ziggurat Model, winner of the 2008 Autism Society of America Award for literary book of the year. Dr. Aspy speaks internationally. She has experience in both clinical and school settings. Dr. Aspy has facilitated in the establishment of innovative training programs for parents of children with ASD.

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