Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorders

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

This course is designed to provide the clinician with an overview of the neurodevelopmental disorders as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). This course will chronical progression in mental health, current diagnostic criteria, etiology, and best practices related to neurodevelopmental disorders and the field of recreational therapy. The student must pass a quiz at the end of the course to test their competency of the material with at least 70% in order to be awarded a completion certificate.

Course Objectives

  • Identify changes in mental health diagnosis from DSM IV-TR to DSM-5.

  • Describe etiology, symptomology, and psychopathology of various neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Identify best practices, of those which are evidence-based, to fit the wants, needs, and requirements of your client.

  • Explain the role of recreational therapy in treatment of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual developmental disorder.

Tyler Neimeyer, MS, CTRS

Instructor Bio:

Tyler Neimeyer received his Bachelor’s degree in community sport management from the University of North Florida and Masters of Science from Indiana University in recreational therapy.  He is currently a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and a PhD student within the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University.  Since 2015, Tyler has been working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders as a Registered Behavior Technician, a behavioral therapist, a director of an inclusive basketball program, and as a CTRS.  He has served on Jacksonville’s Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Wellbeing, the board of Indiana University’s Graduate Recreation Society, and collaborated in various research endeavors. Most recently, Tyler has served as the Director of Recreational Therapy at Positive Pathways, LLC and Visiting Lecturer at Indiana University.

Tyler Neimeyer M.S., CTRS

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