Anisa Goforth - February 14
Autism: Signs, Symptoms and Strategies
Synopsis: Autism Spectrum Disorder is an important public health concern. Nearly 1 in 68 children are identified with autism according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this presentation, Dr. Goforth will share the signs and symptoms of autism, such as problems associated with social, emotional and communication skills. She will also share current, research-based treatments and strategies to improve children’s skills, as well as highlight an innovative, interdisciplinary intervention for children with autism called Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI), that is being conducted at the University of Montana.
Anisa Goforth is an assistant professor of psychology and director of the School Psychology Graduate Training Programs at UM. A licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, she has expertise in addressing the mental health needs and academic performance of children, including children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on social skill interventions for children with autism to professionals across Montana and at national professional conferences. She also is the associate editor of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation and serves on the executive board of the Trainers of School Psychologists.