Course Details

Quick Facts

  • Course# CE1366W
  • Fee: $143.00

Contact Information


CE Credit Hours: 5.5

Course Description

In this online course, participants will learn to develop programming to address the social skills needs of adolescents on the Spectrum, including Asperger’s Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, and other related neurocognitive disorders. This population benefits from a straight-forward approach to learning the rules governing society, independent living skills, as well as explicit expressive and receptive pragmatic language training. Participants will learn strength-based strategies for training adolescents on the Spectrum and come away from the class with the basic building blocks for a comprehensive social skills training program. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced clinicians interested in expanding their skills or practice to include service to children on the Spectrum.

Pre-requisite recommended: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment & Treatment of Children OR; Adults or familiarity with Autism Spectrum Disorders


This program is derived from the following works:

  1. Jacobson, P. (2003). Asperger Syndrome and psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger perspectives. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  2. Nowicki, S. and Duke, M. P. (1992). Helping the child who doesn’t fit in. Peachtree Publishers.
  3. Stewart, K. (2007). Helping a child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Disorder (2nd Ed). New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  4. Schlegelmilch, A. (2014). Parenting ASD teens: A Guide to making it up as you go. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe strengths and weaknesses common to individuals on the Spectrum.
  • Have the tools to create curriculum for a social skills group tailored to adolescents on the Spectrum.
  • Measure and monitor change in pragmatic language skills.
  • Apply knowledge regarding population and programming needs to compliment currently existing services.

Instructor Bio
Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D. obtained his doctoral degree from Kent State University and has a specialty in children and family research and therapy. Dr. Schlegelmilch was the Head Psychologist at Orion Academy, the nation’s first college preparatory high school specifically for adolescents with Spectrum and other related neurocognitive disorders. It was at Orion Academy that Dr. Schlegelmich developed curriculum and expertise doing group and individual work with ASD children and families. Dr. Schlegelmilch wrote and published a book called Parenting ASD Teens in 2014. He is currently in private practice in San Francisco and Orinda, California.


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