Autism Continuing Education Courses


Recent studies indicate that the prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is 78% higher than just 10 years ago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates that 1 in 68 eight year-old children have an autism spectrum disorder. Research indicates that the outcomes for children with ASD can be significantly improved by early identification and intensive intervention. How can you be better prepared to help these students be successful? These continuing education courses prepare psychologists, special and general education teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists and other support personnel for working with this special population of children and youth.

Available as an online course, Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening & Assessment, identifies DSM-5 diagnostic changes in the ASD diagnostic criteria, summarizes the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD, and describes a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing students with ASD. The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals to update their knowledge about the spectrum. This course will prepare you to recognize the presence of risk factors and/or early warning signs of ASD and be familiar with screening and assessment tools in order to ensure that students with ASD are being identified and provided with the appropriate programs and services. Course #30-69 | 44 pages | 40 posttest questions.
 
CE Credit: 3 Hours               Available from: Professional Development Resources 

Audience: Psychology | Counseling | Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Marriage & Family Therapy | Nutrition & Dietetics | School Psychology|
The course objectives include:   
  • Recognize the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 
  • Distinguish between DSM-5 diagnosis and IDEA classification.       
  • Differentiate among screening, assessment, and diagnosis
  • Identify components of a comprehensive developmental assessment
  • Select evidence-based assessment tools.    
Reviews 

  -This was one of the BEST online courses I have taken. The information was both informative and critical to working with ASD individuals. 
-The author did an excellent job of providing thorough information in a clear and concise manner! 
-The information presented will be very helpful in my work with my students, as well as in my consultation with staff and administration. 
-This course was practical and easily applicable to my practice. I feel that I am increasingly up to date on the recent thinking regarding ASD. Thank you. 
-This has been my first exposure to this subject. I have a family member with this condition, my reason for selecting CE credits in this area. In this way, I am in a better position to help this person and others along the way. This course has given me a first and good exposure to this field.
 -Very thorough course.  Clear and concise information without a lot of extraneous information. 
-Excellent at providing the tests needed to provide a comprehensive evaluation.                                         
-I found this course informative and useful.  I will keep this course handy as a good reference. Thank you. 

Offered as a book-based independent course, Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools: A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention, provides professionals and parents with a step-by-step guide to screening, assessment, and intervention for children with this complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Written by Dr. Lee A. Wilkinson, a practicing school psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment of ASD, this award-winning authoritative, yet accessible book fills a critical void in the practice literature. Grounded in the latest research, special features include illustrative case examples and an index to 50 evidence-based best practice recommendations. The course objectives include:
  • Recognize the specific features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 
  • Distinguish between DSM diagnosis and IDEA classification. 
  • Learn the differences between a dimensional and categorical view of ASD.  
  • Identify current screening and assessment instruments for ASD. 
  • Distinguish evidenced based treatments for ASD.
This book-based course allows you to earn continuing education hours from the comfort, privacy and convenience of home or office. Purchase and read the book, and then log on to access the test and other information associated with the book. This course is suitable for: psychologists, counselors, teachers, special education teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, paraprofessionals, parents, and nurses.  Take the book as a course for continuing education credit, and then continue to use it in your practice. The book is also available in Kindle and/or e-Book formats.
The course is available from the following providers:

CE-CLASSES.COM    
PsychContinuingEd.com 
CE-credit.com
About the Author

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, CCBT, NCSP is is an applied researcher and practitioner. He is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist, chartered psychologist, registered practitioner psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. Dr. Wilkinson is author of the award-winning book, A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools, published by Jessica Kingsley PublishersHe is also editor of a best-selling text in the APA School Psychology Book Series, Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools, and author of the book, Overcoming Anxiety and Depression on the Autism Spectrum: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT. His latest book is A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools (2nd Edition).

1 comment:

Dan Harris said...

As a parent-advocate, Dr. Wilkinson's book is both comprehensive and easy to digest. It's comprehensive because it provides readers with a 10,000 foot view of the landscape. It's easy to digest because it is written in language that non-professionals can understand.

Dr. Wilkinson and his book treat parent-advocates with respect, compassion, and actionable insight. When parent-advocates feel empowered to bring that kind of authoritative guidance to their school district meetings (without trying to supplant the day-to-day work done by the teachers and counselors), good things for their children naturally result.

Bottom line: it's all about the kids. Dr. Wilkinson and his book help parent-advocates authoritatively play a central role in crafting the journey to reach that goal.

If you read only one book, this is the one.

Dan Harris, JD

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