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Common Misconceptions of an Autism Diagnosis

Approximately 35% of individuals with Autism have a co-occurring mental health disorder. However, the symptoms or behaviors associated with these disorders are often overlooked and instead attributed to the Autism, leaving the conditions untreated. This is called diagnostic overshadowing. This presentation discusses diagnostic overshadowing in the Autism population. Attendants will learn the diagnostic criteria of Autism and the disorders most frequently seen in the individuals with Autism. Methods for recognizing these comorbid conditions are discussed as well as interventions to treat the conditions in individuals with Autism.

Main Speakers:

Dr Alton Bozeman, PSYD

Dr. Alton Bozeman, PSYD

Assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Services at Baylor College of Medicine, Alton Bozeman, PSYD, serves as interim director of Outpatient Assessments. He Also provides psychological, developmental and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults, as well as individual therapy. Dr. Bozeman is noted for his expertise in autism assessments and interventions.

Common Misconceptions of an Autism Diagnosis - Dr Meghan Marcum PSYD

Dr. Meghan Marcum, PSYD

Dr. Meghan Marcum serves as Chief Psychologist of A Mission For Michael. Dr. Marcum’s role is to ensure the highest standard of clinical care for each client. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She completed her pre & post-doctoral training in the specialty field of chemical dependency.

Items Discussed:

  1. What is diagnostic overshadowing and diagnostic substitution and why is it important? 

2. ASD diagnostic criteria

3. Best practices in diagnosing

4. Difference between educational eligibility for services and clinical diagnosis

5. Common cooccurring/comorbid disorders

6. How these comorbid diagnosis may present in individuals with ASD

7. Psychotherapy vs behavioral interventions (internalized vs externalized mood/behaviors)

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