Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that summarizes evidence-based approaches to screening, assessing, and identifying ASD in children and young adults. Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, children and youth with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools and communities.
The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals in clinical, school, and private practice settings to update their knowledge about the spectrum. In addition, professionals should be prepared 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 individuals with ASD are being identified and provided with the appropriate services.
The objectives of this course are to (a) identify DSM-5 changes in the ASD diagnostic criteria; (b) distinguish between DSM diagnosis and IDEA classification schemes; (c) identify three levels of a multi-tier assessment strategy to screen for ASD; (d) name co-occurring conditions commonly found in ASD; (e) summarize the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD; and (f) describe a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Course adapted with permission from Wilkinson, L. A. (2016). A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools (2nd Edition). London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.
Course#30-94 | 2017 | 49 pages | 20 posttest questions
CE Credit: 3 Hours
Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE
-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.
Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA Provider #AAUM) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590); by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider #000279); by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); by the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635), Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635), and Occupational Therapy Practice (#34); by the Illinois DPR for Social Work (#159-00531); by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); by the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).
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