What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and What it is Not

  • April 03, 2023
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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New York State Association of Neuropsychology (NYSAN) presents a live webinar with:

Fern Sandler, Ph.D.

Monday April 3, 2023 at 7:30PM EST

" What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and What it is Not"


This presentation will be helpful in developing an even better understanding of our children, teens, and also adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will begin with an overview of the evaluation process that includes the gold standard “ADOS” assessment as well as the importance of obtaining all relevant early childhood developmental information, medical and background details, and current functioning of the individual as well. The DSM-5 criteria will be reviewed in detail, comparing typical vs. atypical childhood development in the areas of Social Communication and Behavioral Development. Lastly, this psychologist will explain and review what ASD is, as well as what it is not, when thinking about a person’s overall level of functioning, level of ASD severity and need for supports.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1)      Define Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on the DSM-5
  • 2)      Describe the comprehensive evaluation process, including the “ADOS”
  • 3)      Compare typical vs. atypical developmental characteristics in Social Communication and Behavioral Development
  • 4)      Explain and discuss what ASD is and what it is not

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Fern Sandler has dedicated the past 25 years to educating and helping families of children with developmental delays and/or social-emotional/behavioral difficulties. She specializes in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is specifically trained in the ADOS-2, a gold standard instrument used as part of the evaluation for ASD. She evaluates babies as young as 15-months old, through young adulthood. Sharing and explaining evaluation results in a warm, kind, clear and supportive manner is an integral part of her practice. Dr. Sandler has worked in Special Education school settings including Variety Child Learning Center and The Hagedorn Little Village School. Currently, she practices privately in Melville, N.Y. completing comprehensive psychological evaluations, especially those to rule in or rule out an ASD diagnosis, as well as consults for Behavioral and Neuropsychological Consultants, LLP, in Rockville Center, N.Y. Also, in her private practice, Dr. Sandler provides play-based cognitive behavior therapy in individual and group settings for children ages 4-12. Dr. Sandler also has expertise in the areas of parent training and counseling, and support groups. She is the Co-Founder of Friendship Building Psychological Services, PLLC, which focuses on creating a warm and nurturing environment where parents and children learn fundamental friendship building skills. The program currently helps children ages 4-12 who have trouble making or keeping friends through skill building group sessions. The program also uniquely includes a parent training and support component led by Dr. Sandler, to help generalize learned skills to the home and within the community. 

  • 1.0   CE credit (APA/NYSED) available
  • $15 for NYSAN members / $30 for non-members
  • Free for Student NYSAN Members/$10 For student non-members

*New York State Association of Neuropsychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0052.*

*NYSAN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NYSAN maintains responsibility for this program and its content.* 

  • Financial Disclosures: None/ Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

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