Introduction to Neurodiversity: Understanding ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and Higher-Verbal Autism Spectrum Diagnoses


Kathryn Snyder, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

June 5, 2024

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


The goal of this workshop is to support behavioral health staff and others who work with disabled or disadvantaged individuals to better understand neurodiversity. Specific diagnostic categories, including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Autism will be clearly defined and discussed. The complex overlap of neurodevelopmental spectrum disorders will be reviewed and discussed. We will outline a brief history of neurodiverse disorders and focus on current approaches to diagnosing and working with neurodiverse individuals. Best practices for treatment will be discussed in detail and will include a review of culturally sensitive awareness of neurodiversity and how to talk about it.

Training Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to define neurodiversity
2. Participants will have an understanding of the variety and complexity of neurodiverse conditions and their overlapping features
3. Participants will gain an understanding of treatment protocols and daily best practices for working with neurodiverse individuals.


A break will be provided

9:30-9:45 Introduction and warm-up
9:45-10:15 History of the diagnoses
10:15-10:30 Overview of neurodiversity including the variety and complexity of neurodiverse conditions and their overlapping features
10:30 -10:45 Small group discussion
10:45-10:50 Review and discussion of group activities
10:50-11:15 Review of specific diagnoses
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-11:45 Small group discussion/activity
11:45-11:50 Review and discussion of group activities
11:50 – 12:20 Treatment models and practices
12:20 – 12:30 Discussion and questions

CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker: Kathryn Snyder, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC

Kathryn Snyder is a Philadelphia-based, board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her private practice, Parent to Child focuses on art and play therapy for youth with a contextual family and systems framework. Parent to Child has been a lauded practice in Philadelphia since 2007. Spark, the non-profit outreach arm provides valuable therapy services, using art therapy to support underserved communities within the Philadelphia Public school system. To date, Spark has reached over 400 children with a wide impact on school and family communities.

Kathryn recently completed her PhD at Drexel University with research that looked at the distinct benefits and developmental constructs of art therapy with preschool children. She has an additional research focus on Museum Studies and Art Therapy and other therapeutic practices. She was a research fellow under Dr. Girija Kaimal and has supported research on art therapy in virtual reality, art therapy for PTSD and TBIs with veterans, participatory and visual research tools in public health, and art therapy in pediatric cancer care throughout the country.

Kathryn has taught art therapy courses, behavior and development, personality theory and observing children at Drexel University, University of the Arts, Temple University and at Moore College of Art and Design.

In addition to clinical work, Kathryn is a speaker, educator, and active community member, serving on many boards.

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  • June 5, 2024 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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