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Assessing Children: Autism, ADHD or Trauma?

Many traumatised children present with symptoms similar to autism (for example difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and repetitive patterns of behaviour), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (for example the inability to concentrate, hyperactivity and impulsiveness). This presents a challenge to those assessing and working with these children: how can one determine whether the child’s presentation relates to trauma, ADHD or autism? What implications does this have for the child’s needs and management? What implications does a misdiagnosis have?

This one day workshop is for professionals who assess and/or provide ongoing support to children presenting with symptoms of autism and ADHD, and who wish to learn more about the role trauma may play in a child’s presentation.

This workshop will help you:

  • Identify the range of traumatic events which may have an impact on a child’s development
  • Understand the ways in which trauma can affect child’s ability to concentrate and relate to others
  • Incorporate a focus on trauma in your assessments
  • Identify approaches to management that would optimise the outcomes for children
  • Access further resources

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Describe the range of traumatic events which may have an impact on a child’s development
  • Discuss the ways in which trauma can effect a child’s ability to concentrate and relate to others
  • Demonstrate the ability to consider trauma in assessments
  • Identify approaches to management that would optimise the outcomes for children
  • Explain how to access further resources

Who should attend?

Workers from child protection, early intervention, and child and adolescent mental health services

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.