Shamsi Sadeghzadeh, Director of Outreach Services—Grafton Integrated Health Network, Winchester, VA
The aversive impact of common environmental factors on individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is well documented in research. These factors lead to difficulties for individuals with ASD to process, comprehend, and express their feelings of confusion and frustration which in turn leads to challenging behaviors. The importance of functional behavior assessments in understanding challenging behaviors will be explored. Innovative and proactive treatment strategies for individuals with ASD will be presented.