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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development

Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Students (2020-21 Tri-State Webinar Series)

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff | Topic: Autism, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Students (2020-21 Tri-State Webinar Series)
On-Demand format

Presented by: Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA & Annette Wragge M.Ed., BCBA
Original Air Date: December 2, 2020


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 (OCD). 

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. 

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This webinar is posted the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network website.

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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 co morbid mental health conditions
  • Be able to access a variety of resources on the topic of ASD and Mental Health following the conference

About the Presenters:

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.  

Annette completed her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in May of 2014.  Annette has completed advanced level training in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Structured Teaching, Visual Supports, Verbal Behavior Training, The Assessment for Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS), Social Stories, and various Instructional Strategies for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  She has presented locally and nationally on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, co-authored the 2011 Hidden Curriculum One a Day Calendar for Kids.  In 2011 she authored the Social narratives: Online training module, Autism Internet Modules. In 2012 co-authored the Screening and Autism: Online training module. Autism Internet Modules.  

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 University of NE-Lincoln and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).




Contact Information

CDE Autism Team


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