Promoting Flexibility in ASD Kids and Teens with Jodie Wassner, Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Jodie Wassner, Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Jodie Wassner for a two-hour webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus on the topic of Acceptance and Commitment Training for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


This highly practical workshop is designed for health professionals working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum conditions.

Through an Acceptance Commitment Therapy framework, participants will learn how to promote flexibility in children and parents via:

  • Recognising best times and best methods for teaching social expectations.
  • Teaching of flexibility to young people to enable them to handle difficult thoughts and feelings as they emerge
  • Utilising language that promotes better listening and calmer responses.
  • Understanding differences in brain function that impact a child’s responses.
  • Preventing meltdowns
  • Assisting with “giving up” behaviours
  • Recognising the “why” behind a behaviour to help guide adult action with the best chance of success.
  • Guiding ASD children towards a valued and meaningful life in the face of difficulty

About the Presenter

Jodie Wassner is an Educational and Developmental psychologist from Sydney, Australia, who has worked with young people and their families for over twenty years. Jodie has been actively incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into her practice for the past fifteen years. She is especially familiar with the issues that are likely to emerge across the developmental period and has extensive experience working with ASD, anxiety and ADHD. Her two professional passions are ACT and autism spectrum conditions.

Jodie has always had a knack for connecting with young people. She harbours a genuine love for kids and teens and treats them with compassion and understanding from the outset. In addition to her private practice, Jodie retains a strong commitment to education. She is currently supervising many practitioners locally and internationally, who work with young people on the autism spectrum. Jodie has also presented at conferences and developed workshops including mental health and well-being programs for health professionals, young people and parents. Jodie has been practicing and teaching ACT for the past fifteen years with warmth, compassion and vibrancy. More recently, she has been keenly developing ACT resources for neurodiverse populations and their families.

Learning Objectives

Participants at this event will:

  1. Identify and describe elements of an environment which promotes behavioral flexibility
  2. Identify and describe ACT-consistent interventions for building behavioral flexibility in young learners
  3. Identify at least two ways in which brain development and overt behaviors are related

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 2.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (included with purchase)
  • $39.99 to attend 
    • Includes access to the recording and presentation materials, and CEU’s.

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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