presented by Heather Kuhaneck
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Heather Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/ L, FAOTA
Heather Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced in pediatrics for over 25 years in rural and inner city schools, outpatient clinics specializing in OT using sensory integrative intervention, early intervention settings, inpatient settings, and privately in children’s homes. She currently is an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching the pediatric content of the occupational…Read full bio
1. An Overview of the Diagnosis of ASD
This chapter will provide a brief history of the diagnosis of autism and an overview of the current DSM-V diagnostic criteria. The typical process of diagnosis and the changes in that process will be described via two case examples. DSM-V criteria will be compared with prior editions of the DSM and the benefits and challenges of the changes will be highlighted. Specifically, the addition of sensory issues as part of the DSM has created opportunities for occupational therapists to take on greater responsibility in the health care team as the “expert” in the identification and intervention in this area.
2. Strength and Symptoms
This chapter will provide an overview of the range of strengths and symptoms that are commonly noted in ASD via a variety of cases.
3. Strengths Based Approaches
This chapter will describe strengths based approaches, promote practical strategies that can be employed in clinical practice, and highlight the literature/evidence that supports occupational therapy practice in this way.