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Tri-State Webinar: Mental Health & Autism: Meeting the Needs of Students

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Although mental illness can be more common for those on the autism spectrum than in the general population, the mental health of individuals with autism is often overlooked. Common co-occurring difficulties include anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder.


This session will provide information to help identify possible red flags that indicate when a person on the autism spectrum may also have some additional mental health needs. The presentation will provide a review of effective approaches to support individuals through difficult moments.


During this session, we will provide a review of additional resources for attendees to gain more information and supports on the topic of autism and mental health.


Learner Objectives


  • Identify resources that are available regarding differential identification for students when there are concerns about autism and mental health conditions
  • Identify possible red flags that indicate when a person on the autism spectrum is experiencing mental health concerns
  • Describe effective approaches to support individuals with autism and comorbid mental health conditions
  • Be able to access a variety of resources on the topic of ASD and Mental Health following the  webinar



Presenter Information


Annette Wragge is the State Coordinator for the NE Autism Spectrum Disorders Network. In her role as State Coordinator, Annette works with regional coordinators and various agencies across the state to provide training and technical assistance in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She organizes and provides training opportunities to support the needs of teachers, administrators, and parents of children with ASD.


Teri McGill taught Early Childhood Special Education for Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska for 18 years. She is currently a Regional Coordinator for the Nebraska ASD Network. As a Regional Coordinator, Teri presents on a variety of topics related to Autism and provides consultation and coaching for educators working with students Birth-21 with Autism or related disorders in her region. Teri holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of NE-Lincoln and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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