Autism Spectrum Disorder 101

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Autism Spectrum Disorder 101 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm presented by Susan Perkins, LPC, with Options & Advocacy for McHenry County. Free: 3 CEUs for LPC/LCPC, LSW/LCSW, Psychologists. REGISTER NOW! 


This presentation is intended to provide an overview of what Autism is and how it impacts individuals. It begins by looking briefly at the history of how Autism Spectrum Disorder came to be recognized and how it is currently defined and diagnosed. Participants will become familiar with the medical model of Autism. However, the experience of autism varies from person to person. Speaking broadly, each person’s experience of autism is unique to them and this presentation will attempt to demonstrate this social model of autism. In addition, participants will have opportunities to discuss specific cases and ask questions as well as gain insights to supporting individuals who are on the autism spectrum.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the medical model of ASD; definition and diagnostic criteria.
  2. Participants will explore the social model of Autism and gain insight to how the personal experience of Autism varies from person to person.
  3. Participants will take away ideas to help support a person who is autistic.
  4. Open discussion of neurodiversity and how this informs professionals on how to work with individuals on who are on the spectrum.


Susan Perkins, LPC, has been with Options and Advocacy Autism Resource Center for five years. She is currently the Lead Family Educator. Susan has three children, two of which are on the autism spectrum. She has developed a passion around all things Autism – from teaching others about ASD as well as advocating for the rights of those who are autistic. In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with her family, be outside, read and sing.