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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are amazingly complex in terms of manifestation, and known to affect the whole body. With the array of co-occurring conditions, prudence promotes looking at the body, mind, and environment when diagnosing and treating ASD. This module will define the biopsychosocial model as it has developed in psychiatry and other fields and will examine how this whole-body approach can impact care for people with ASD and other disabilities.

  • What's Included
  • 18 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Describe the biospychosocial model
  2. Show how doctors and other healthcare and human service professionals use the model
  3. Describe the importance of using such a biopsychosocial approach in the support and care of people with autism
  4. Identify ways direct care professionals can benefit from and apply the model

Module Authors

Kevin Aldridge, M.A.

Kevin Aldridge, MA is a managing partner of the Aldridge Palay Group. Mr. Aldridge served four years as Assistant Deputy Director for policy for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Mr. Aldridge served as the founding director of the Center for Systems Change. He has co-authored policy briefs on health and disabilities for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Mr. Aldridge teaches policy, social justice and organizational planning at the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University. He has also presented nationally on policy issues such as housing, employment and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S

Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S is a co-found partner of Aldridge Palay Consulting and a clinical social worker in private practice. She received her BA in 1991 and her MSW in 1998 from Ohio State. Ms. Palay was Project Manager for the Mental Illness/Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change. Ms. Palay speaks in the U.S. and internationally on developmental disabilities, trauma, grief, meaning and other topics and is a co-found partner of Aldridge Palay Consulting and a clinical social worker in private practice.

Module Contributors

Ali Carine, D.O.

Dr. Ali Carine is an osteopathic pediatrician with a practice in Columbus, Ohio. She provides comprehensive, integrative primary care for children. Her practice provides a medical home to many children with special needs, such as autism. However, Dr. Carine's passion lies in the power that integrative, osteopathic care has in prevention of many illnesses that plague today's children. She advocates change in the structure of pediatric primary care that will lead to better health in our population as a whole. She enjoys teaching both students and other physicians through speaking, mentoring, and writing.

Dr. Carine is board certified in pediatrics and neuromuscular and osteopathic medicine.

Module Content Provided By

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

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