ASD and Common Medical Variables with Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, for a webinar on common medical variables associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Did you know the rates of these diagnoses (and others) are substantially increased in individuals with Autism?

What does it mean when we use the phase “co-morbidity?” How do co-morbidities, which occur often with Autism, influence health and behavior? What is our ethical responsibility as a behavior analyst to consider these as part of our behavior intervention planning?

In this session, we will explore common and less common co-morbidities that are associated with Autism. We will view them as important setting events for behavior assessment and planning. We will explore how medications often change the way behavior “looks” and how to consider these outcomes as part of our plans. We will explore how collaboration becomes even more important when these conditions are present. Finally, we will explore health care plans in the school setting and associated requirements for delegation, supervision and reporting.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, is a board certified behavior analyst (doctoral level) who practices privately with a focus on providing program supports, interventions, mentoring and evaluations in school settings. She is also an Associate Professor of Special Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA. She has been teaching and/or coordinating special education programs for 25 years, and has been in the field of ABA for 10. Her primary areas of interest are the application of ABA in the school setting and behavior interventions for students with complex support needs.

Vanessa got her general and special education certification in 1995 from Western Washington University. She obtained her Masters in Low Incidence Disabilities in 2002 from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of Washington in 2009. She has worked as a special education teacher, program coordinator and consultant.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and define common and less common co-morbidities that occur with Autism such as issues with sleep, seizure disorders, AD/HD, anxiety and depression how they can affect physical and mental health, and the need to understand how medications impact behavioral presentations and responses
  2. Explore how co-morbidities should be viewed as potential setting events for challenging behaviors, reduced engagement or increased sensory needs
  3. Discuss how these co-morbidities create the need to work closely with the family, medical professionals and other systems (including school) to support the whole child/adult
  4. Review health care plans commonly used in schools and discuss requirements for delegation, supervision and reporting

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 3.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (1.0 Ethics)
    • $60 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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