Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a variety of complex developmental disorders. These disorders result in significant and persistent deficits in communication and social interaction. While many people may have heard of autism or ASD, or met a person with ASD, there are many prevailing myths and misinformation about the condition and how it affects the lives of the individuals living with the disorder and their families.

This course will provide learners with an overview of ASD, including diagnostic criteria, common characteristics of the disorder, and the diagnostic and screening tools used to identify it. This course will provide information on the theoretical causes of ASD, including what treatments are available to address symptoms. Finally, learners will gain knowledge of the common challenges faced by individuals with ASD and their families, as well as ways practitioners and those working with individuals with ASD can support them in their daily life.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with A-02 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-IASD
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
Describe autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including the diagnostic criteria and characteristics of ASD.
Describe the potential causes of ASD.
List different types of treatments used to address the symptoms of ASD.
Apply strategies for supporting people with ASD in daily life.


Section 1: Introduction

  1. About This Course

  2. Learning Objectives

Section 2: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

  1. Test Your Knowledge

  2. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

  3. Video: Leave Old Stereotypes Behind

  4. History of Autism

  5. Review

  6. Summary

Section 3: Diagnosing ASD

  1. Diagnostic Criteria

  2. Characteristics of Autism

  3. Knowledge Check

  4. Diagnostic and Screening Tools

  5. Early Signs

  6. Causes of Autism

  7. Cultural Considerations

  8. Review

  9. Summary

Section 4: Challenges and Supports

  1. Individual Challenges and Supports

  2. Family Challenges and Supports

  3. Resources for Autism

  4. Knowledge Check

  5. Treatments

  6. Supporting a Person with ASD

  7. Review

  8. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

  1. Summary

  2. Course Contributors

  3. Resources

  4. References

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Exam

Expert Reviewer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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