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Description

This course was designed as a means to provide an online review to both parents and professionals about the current status of autism spectrum disorders. This course is co-facilitated by Dr. Leann Shore, Assistant Professor, Autism Specialist and Hunter Melius, Medical Student, AUA Medical School, and young man diagnosed with ASD in early childhood. Hunter is currently 26 years old. The course will address definitions of autism, risks, potential causes, and prevalence. A historical discussion is provided including timelines of the first indicators of ASD. Trends in screening, diagnosis, and intervention are reviewed. This course includes a certificate of attendance and is part of AOTA approved programming.

Objectives

Through completion of this course, the learner will be have a foundation of ASD and be able to...

  • understand the neurologic cornerstone 
  • describe the potential causes 
  • recognize the current prevalence 
  • explain potential risk factors 
  • identify historical timelines
  • differentiate child find, surveillance, screening, & case-finding
  • discuss signs and symptoms of autism
  • compare and contrast the difference between medical diagnosis and school labels
  • critique evidence-based intervention methods
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