The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides multisite surveillance of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, reports that the average prevalence of ASD among those aged 8 years is about 1 in 59 children, and four times more common in boys than girls (Baio et al., 2018). Healthcare professionals of various disciplines working in schools, pediatrics, psychiatry, and outpatient, inpatient, and prehospital settings may encounter individuals with a pervasive developmental disorder also known as ASD. Healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable about ASD, diagnostic and treatment approaches, and the clinician’s role can provide support for both the individuals and their families.
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Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.00 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Autism Spectrum Disorder
History of Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD in the New DSM-5
The ASD Continuum
Making a Diagnosis
Section 3: Multimodal Management of ASD
Behavior and Communication Approaches
Complementary and Alternative Approaches
Healthcare Professionals’ Role
Section 4: Clinical Vignette
Section 5: Conclusion
Sooa Devereaux, MSN, RN, has a long history of professional development experience within the hospital setting. She has taught in pre-licensure nursing programs and has mentored many nurses, both new graduate and experienced, throughout her career as a nurse educator. Sooa is a Lead SME Writer at Relias and holds an MSN in Nursing Education.Disclosure: Sooa Devereaux, MSN, RN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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