South Carolina Understanding Asperger Syndrome


About the Course

The learning objectives for this course are as follows:
  • List the common signs and symptoms of Asperger syndrome.
  • Relate the history of Asperger syndrome.
  • Describe the diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome.
  • Describe the onset of Asperger syndrome.
  • Define the etiology (pathophysiology) of Asperger syndrome.
  • List the prevalence (epidemiology) of Asperger syndrome in the general population.
  • Describe the difference between Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism.
  • List characteristics of Asperger syndrome in adolescence and adulthood.
  • Identify the basis for assessment of Asperger syndrome.
  • List comorbid illnesses associated with Asperger syndrome.
  • Describe possible treatments for Asperger syndrome.
  • Describe the prognosis for individuals with Asperger syndrome.

    About the Author

    Kathryn Brohl, LMFT

    Kathryn Brohl, LMFT, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has worked in for-profit and non-profit social services for over thirty-five years.  Author of six books that include two best sellers, and the first book in the U.S. for parents of molested children, Ms. Brohl has lectured and key-noted on trauma-informed care and other work-related topics throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.  She has been an administrator, consultant, trainer, private practitioner, and front-line worker, and has been interviewed in national periodicals such as USA Today, Parents' Magazine, Children's Voice, as well as The Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Florida Times Union.  Ms. Brohl has written and implemented several start-up programs during her career, that include a large child welfare system, intensive outpatient and mental health programs, to name a few.

    Rene' N. Ledford, MSW, LCSW, BCBA

    Rene' Ledford has over 25 years direct service and executive leadership experience in mental health and child welfare.  Additionally she has extensive experience designing, facilitating and managing workplace learning and performance programs for various not-for-profits and for a nationally recognized leader in customized training and performance contracting.  As Director of Employee Learning and Performance for Children's Home Society of Florida, she is responsible for leading statewide learning and best practice initiatives for over 1900 employees, developing instructor-led and e-learning programs and supporting CHS' Category III trauma grant program. She is also trained in trauma-focused interventions including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

    Rene' participates on various National Child Traumatic Stress Network-sponsored workgroups including the Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative Group and was a contributor for the recently revised Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and PS-MAPP Curricula. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Council on Accreditation (COA) Peer Reviewer and is the 2014 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

    Wade T. Lijewski, Ph.D.

    With a passion for psychology, child welfare, and quality improvement, Dr. Lijewski has served in various leadership roles within the field of child welfare for over 15 years. He currently serves as a regional director of quality management for a statewide child welfare agency in Florida, an author for Elite Professional Education, and an associate professor for University of Phoenix; teaching psychology courses at the Orlando campus. 

    Dr. Lijewski obtained his Bachelor of Arts

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