Understanding the Needs and Motivations of Autistic Social Communication
In this self-paced continuing education course, Autistic SLPs Rachel Dorsey and V. Tisi teach you a concrete system to guide clinical reasoning for Autistic social communication that centers authenticity and acceptance while considering the real demands and nuance of our clinical practices and an Autistic child’s daily life.
This course is registered for .575 AOTA CEUS (5.75 contact hours) and .55 ASHA CEUs. We also plan to apply for ASWB CEUs.
from Learn Play Thrive
Traditional social skills training harms Autistic clients,
but there's a better way
MODULE 1: Autistic Social Norms (38 minutes)
Here’s what we know: authentic social communication is too complex to be made into a curriculum. But here’s what we also know: you want to support your Autistic clients’ well-being, and that includes proactively addressing their social needs and thoughtfully responding to difficult social communication situations as they arise in your sessions and in your Autistic clients’ life. The research is in: asking Autistic people to preform neurotypical social skills hurts their mental health. It’s time to do something completely different.
In this module, Autistic SLPs Rachel Dorsey and V. Tisi guide you through understanding Autistic social communication and identifying socioemotional distress, so you can confidently observe your clients through a neurodiversity-affirming lens in the most challenging moments of their lives.
MODULE 2: Introduction to the UNMASC Process (30 minutes)
The UNMASC method provides a flexible, thoughtful framework to allow you to look beyond observable behavior and deeply consider your Autistic clients’ experiences, motivations, and needs. You’ll learn five guiding questions for clinical self-reflection during situations when Autistic students are exhibiting behaviors deemed:
– Intense in emotion
– Potentially dangerous
– Offensive to others
– Otherwise labeled “problematic” or “challenging”
These questions will transform how you plan your work to support your Autistic clients.
MODULES 3 - 6 Case Studies (4 hours 37 minutes)
In these modules, you’ll get to listen in as your instructors talk through the four intricate case studies. These cases include true-to-life factors such as young clients who are struggling with acceptance and belonging, teens who are reluctant to trust professionals after a series of harmful experiences, and parents who want traditional social skills training. The case studies consider romance, dating, sexual assault, cultural issues, and intersectional considerations.
You’ll explore what it means if a child’s behaviors make others uncomfortable. Who needs to change? What should the clinician do? Where do we draw the line?
Your instructors take you deep into the nuance of Autistic social communication, from communicating through scripts, to connecting over interests, to craving a feeling of belonging in a world designed for neurotypicals.
You’ll walk away with your passion to support authentic connection in all contexts reinvigorated, and with a concrete framework to help you actualize that desire.
This course is
not another social
Humans are complex, and Autistic people are not a monolith. Supporting authentic participation doesn’t mean teaching a prescribed set of skills. It means becoming curious about the culture of being Autistic, learning deeply about your clients, and developing strategies that truly support them. In this course, Rachel and V. teach you just how to do that.
$324 for 5.75 recorded hours packed full of actionable content. We also offer payment breakdown to 3 payments of $108.
This course is entirely self-paced. You’ll have access for 6 months to complete on your own time.
This course is registered for .575 AOTA CEUs (5.75 contact hours) & .55 ASHA CEUs (note that ASHA rounds down to the half hour). We plan to apply for ASWB CEUs as well.
Information about completion requirements, accommodations, and more can be found in the FAQs.
Let's UNMASC is
for you if…
V Tisi, M.A., CCC-SLP
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This course will leave you
eager to be part of a true paradigm shift
in the therapy world
Full Course Objectives
Frequently Asked Questions
This course is developed for SLPs, OTs, and mental health professionals supporting Autistic children or adolescents in any context.
The concepts in this course are useful for any age. The case studies focus on individuals aged 6 through 16.
This course includes video lectures, slides, and case studies.
This course is registered for .575 AOTA CEUs (5.75 contact hours) and .55 ASHA CEUs. ASHA does not count quarter hours.
Yes! The course is self-paced and you have six months to complete it on your own time. If you buy during pre-registration, you’ll have one year to complete the course.
Yes! If 3 or more people from your company plan to enroll email me the names of everyone enrolling at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll provide a coupon code. It’s 15% for 3 registrants, 20% off for 4 or more, and 30% off for 7 or more. This discount does not apply during pre-registration unless your group discount is larger than the current pre-sale discount.
In order to get a certificate of completion, you must watch all of the video modules and pass a quiz at the end of the course with 75% accuracy. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. You must also complete a coruse satisfaction survey. Only learners who complete the course, quiz , and survey will receive a certificate.
You will have 6 months access to the course.
Full refunds are provided within 30 days of purchase (or for pre-sale, 30 days after the course launches) if no more than 3 modules have been completed. Email email@example.com to request a refund. Since this is a self-paced course, there is no option to cancel once the 30 day / 3 module limit has been exceeded. If for any reason the course is canceled by the provider before your registration period has expired, you will receive a full refund.
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Let's UNMASC is not your average CE course!
Traditional social skills training leads to poor mental health, but often it’s hard to know what to do instead.
With Let’s UNMASC, you’ll have a concrete process that guides you to proactively address your clients’ social needs and thoughtfully respond to difficult social communication situations
This course be available for ASHA CEUs starting July 6th, 2023 until July 5th, 2028 at which point Learn Play Thrive will apply for re-registration.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
The recorded materials in this course were last updated on 6/13/2023.