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5405 The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM: A Synclectic Best-Practice Model for Autism [ASHA Session]

Saturday, July 9, 2011: 10:45 AM-12:00 PM
Sun 3-4 (Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center)
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM is an innovative, transdisciplinary model used to assess, teach and treat children with ASD, with direct input from the child’s family. This session will cover the seven different theories, particularly relative to autism, used in TSA. Efficacy data suggests that these seven theories and their correlating methods directly and rapidly improve self-regulation, attention, adaptive behavior, play, cognition, socialization, communication & self-care. Video segments from AWEtism Productions’ training DVD will be presented to model methods. Information provided in this presentation is rich in both theory and methods applicable to the assessment, treatment and education of children and adults with autism. It is designed for all audiences including family members, administrators, classroom personnel, and medical/health care professionals caring for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Learners will be introduced to “The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM ” (TSA)  model via exposure to the terms and definitions embedded in its acronym, followed by a detailed review of each the seven (7) theories that together consititute TSA.  These seven (7) theories stem from at least one of the four (4) following professional fields: Occupational Therapy; Speech/Language  Pathology; Special Education; and Psychology. 

Learner outcomes are as follows. Attendees will:  1. Understand the “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.” acronym;    2. Identify two different implementation tools required by team members for true transdisciplinary collaboration.    3. Recognize the seven (7) synclectic theories that together constitute The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM, and the four fields from which they originate.

Furthermore, learners will be challanged to discern for themselves the following questions: 1. What are three attributes or skills I possess that facilitate transdisciplinary practice in my current role? 2. In what ways is the setting in which I serve/care children with autism conducive to the use of a “synclectic” intervention model? and 3. Which of the seven (7) pillars of The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM am I most interested in further exploring and applying, given my role and/or population?

Audience partiticpants will be afforded the opportunity to see video recorded treatment sessions wherein experts in the TSA model demonstrate some of the most popular and effective TSA methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the “S.U.C.C.E.S.S.” acronym.
  • Identify two different program-implementation tools required by team members for true transdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Define the terms "Synclectic Model" and "Transdisciplnary Care"
  • Recognize the 7 synclectic theories that together constitute The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach SM, and the four fields from which they originate.

Content Area: Early Intervention


Lynette Scotese-Wojtila, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist and Founding Director
Integrations Treatment Center

Lynette Scotese-Wojtila, OTR/L, has over 20 years’ experience working with individuals and families impacted by ASD. She has presented and published in the areas of autism spectrum disorder and transdisciplinary intervention. Scotese-Wojtila is the founding owner of Integrations Treatment Center (ITC), and AWEtism Productions.

Ellen Winney, M.S., OTR/L
Assistant Director
Integrations Treatment Center

Ellen Winney, M.S., OTR/L, is an accomplished occupational therapist currently serving in private practice at Integrations Treatment Center, where she provides direct and consultative services in addition to serving as Assistant Director. Ms. Winney is a training instructor and Awetism Productions feature speaker.