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Autism - Spectrum Disorder

Spectrum Disorder
It is estimated that in 2010, Autistic Spectrum Disorder affected 14.7 per 1,000 (1 in 68) children age 8 years (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). Many nurses, speech therapists and audiologists, occupational therapists, and mental health therapists will encounter those affected by ASD. This course reviews changes in diagnostic terminology, common traits, the incidence, possible causes, and therapies and approaches that will help persons with ASD learn and grow in an outer world that is very different from their inner experiences.
Purpose and Objective
  • Objective No. 1: Identify common traits, symptoms and diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • Objective No. 2: Review the incidence of ASD in the U.S.

  • Objective No. 3: Review various hypotheses of causes and conditions associated with ASD.

  • Objective No. 4: Relate the differences commonly found in low functioning autism versus higher functioning autism.

  • Objective No. 5: Become aware of general treatments used in ASD.

  • Objective No. 6: Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with communication and social interaction.

  • Objective No. 7: Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with challenging behaviors.

  • Objective No. 8: Assist family members to learn and manage their experience with ASD.

Board Approval Information for this Course
Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, and Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology (clinical), Occupational Therapy Practice, and Marriage and Family, Social Work, and Mental Health Therapists, Provider No. 50-435; the Ohio Board of Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology, Provider No. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Provider No. 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider No. 61; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, District of Columbia and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.
Author: Linda Greenfield RN, PhD; Rosalva Ramos CCC, SLP
Contact Hours: 3
Cost: $15
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