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Autism in the Hospital
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
3/14/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Utilize strategies to de-stimulate the ‘sensory minefield’ in your medical setting.
  2. Determine specific calming techniques that meets the need of your patient and increase the success of the medical experience.
  3. Manage meltdowns before they occur.
  4. Identify critical questions to ask caregivers which can enhance the success of your treatment. (ie. Recommendation, questions prior to EEG, smell sensitivity? Touch sensitivity? What is the best way to communicate? Any ‘tips’ caregiver can provide?)
  5. Develop your ability to recognize a patient with undeclared and/or less obvious ASD.
  6. Characterize aspects of ASD that can interfere with a successful medical experience.
  7. Implement communication cards, social stories and visual supports to communicate with individuals who are non-verbal/under responsive.
  • Autism in Medical Settings: Challenges and Supportive Strategies
    • Sensory Integration Challenges
      • Stimulation dysregulation (hypo/hyper)
      • Seeking/avoiding/both
      • Processing functions
      • May not process nor perceive pain
      • Common triggers within the hospital/ER environment
      • Your hospital/ER as a ‘sensory minefield’
    • Sensory Strategies
      • Patient passport with sensory triggers listed
      • Quickly create ASD friendly environment
      • Allow sensory needs to occur to prevent a meltdown
      • How to avoid most common sensory triggers
      • Hospital equipment to help support sensory needs
    • Social / Communication Challenges
      • Social interaction holds the ‘key’... or not
      • Literal translation of spoken language
      • When they are non-verbal or unable to read body language
      • Delayed auditory processing
      • Impact of anxiety on communication
      • Non-compliance and verbally offensive
    • Social/Communication Strategies
      • Communication cards, checklists and Apps as visual supports
      • Social stories to break down hospital procedures
      • Their interests or repetitive behaviors to generate your ‘connection’
      • Make allowances for family to be nearby
    • Behavior Challenges
      • Noting functions of behavior
      • May bolt/escape/elope
      • Aggression occurs as anxiety increases
      • Might resist restraint
      • Anxiety may increase when transport is needed intolerant of transitions in general
      • Likely to be resisting lack of known/familiar routine
      • Attempt to pull out lines, pull off bandages, etc.
      • Refuse medication
    • Behavioral Management Strategies
      • Is it a meltdown or tantrum?
      • Know the child’s triggers
      • Plan ahead to avoid triggers
      • Specific calming techniques
      • What to do when a meltdown occurs
      • Navigating ER triage, routine hospital visits, labs and tests
      • Visual schedules for what is going to be happening
      • Strategies for loud noises and being touched
      • Visual timetables and timers for transitions/ changes
      • Motivation and reward systems that work
      • What you need to know about non-sensory triggers
      • ‘Stimming’ as a calming technique


Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT.) Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Susan Hamre has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Nurses - RN’s, Pediatric Nurses, Child Life Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, EMT Personnel, Emergency Room Nurses Nursing Techs, Psych Nurses, School Nurses, Therapeutic School Nurses, X-Ray/Cat Scanners/ MRI techs, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists