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Autism and Mood Disorders: Assessment & Intervention

Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Autism and Mood Disorders: Assessment & Intervention

Presented by Dr. Sonal Moratschek, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Monarch Center for Autism, and Clinical Senior Instructor at Case Medical Center
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle


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Mood disorder symptoms can occur in children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Identification and treatment of these symptoms can often be challenging. In this edWebinar, Dr. Sonal Moratschek defines diagnosis of mood disorders as described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), and identify symptoms in people with ASD. Learn about differential diagnosis of mood disorders (i.e., how to distinguish a particular disorder or condition from others that present similar clinical features).

Dr. Moratschek examines a case study illustrating these points. Special education teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, behavior specialists, intervention specialists, social workers, and psychiatrists are invited to watch this recorded session. Learn more about assessment and intervention of mood disorders in people with with ASD.

Sonal MoratschekAbout the Presenters

Dr. Sonal Moratschek is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from Wright State University and both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public health from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her general psychiatry training and child and adolescent fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where she was chief resident and chief child fellow. A clinical senior instructor at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland, and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Monarch Center for Autism, Dr. Moratschek is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and has published extensively on child and adolescent mental health issues. Her specific areas of interest are in mood and anxiety disorders in adolescence, caring for children with autism, and treatment of mental illness in young women. She believes in a team approach to treating the whole child and family.

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monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.


star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.

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