Autism Overview

Autism Overview 

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the incidence of autism in American children has risen dramatically over the past ten years. There is much debate over many aspects of this increase. Research has intensified to find the genetic and environmental origins of autism spectrum disorder and the most effective ways to reduce its impact on individuals and society. This course provides you with a current overview to autism spectrum disorder. Whether you are a professional working with individuals with autism or a family member of a person with autism, this course will help you understand the complexities of the diagnosis and what you can do to contribute to a meaningful life for people living with this disorder.


Hours: 1.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-AO
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Explain what autism spectrum disorder is and how it is diagnosed.
Identify three types of interventions, treatments, and supports that can improve the quality of life for individuals with autism.
Cite three findings in current research on autism spectrum disorder.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributors B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: Autism Overview A. Meet Cody B. What Is Autism? C. New DSM™ Category: Social Communication Disorder D. Increase in Autism E. Autism Isn’t Just About Finding the “Cure” F. Identifying Autism G. Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder H. What is the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder? I. How is Autism Diagnosed? J. Other Criteria for Diagnosing ASD K. Considering Developmental and Behavioral Characteristics L. Recommendations for Screening for Autism M. Milestones and Red Flags Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders N. The Autism Challenge O. Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder P. Is There a Cure for Autism? Q. Helping James and His Family R. Section Summary Section 3: What Current Research Says About Autism A. Autism is on the Rise B. Causes of Autism C. What are the Biological Risk Factors? D. What are the Environmental Risk Factors? E. Myth or Fact? F. Co-Occurring Medical Issues and Autism G. Robbie “the Robot” H. Section Summary Section 4: Treatments and Supports for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder A. What Can Be Done to Help People with ASD? B. Who Can Provide Educational Interventions? C. Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy D. Medication Options E. What Do You Know? F. Supporting People with ASD Throughout Their Lives G. Services and Supports for Adults with ASD H. Supporting Everyday Lives for People with ASD I. Cesar’s Future J. Section Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Put In Practice C. References

Instructor: Judith Drew, Ph.D.
Dr. Judith Drew obtained her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Rehabilitation Services with a minor in psychology and research. Her Master’s Degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor with over 25 years of experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities. She has over 25 years of experience training adult learners in nonprofits, business, and higher education. She has designed online and instructor-led training on the ADA and reasonable accommodations, and techniques for hiring and retaining qualified individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Additionally, she trains practitioners in vocational assessment, career counseling, and recovery through work for consumers with severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Drew is a nationally recognized speaker on vocational assessment and employment of individuals with disabilities. She teaches in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Disclosure: Judith Drew, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Vickie Vining, BA
Vicki Vining is currently an independent consultant providing consultation, training, and coaching with people and organizations who are interested in making their services more values-based and meaningful for the people who use them. Ms. Vining has over 40 years of experience in human services, teaching in the public school system, supervising a crisis team in a state developmental center, working as a behavior consultant, managing a community employment and activity program for adults with autism, and supervising resource development and quality assurance in a California regional center. She is now a private consultant, assisting individuals and organizations across the country with self-determination, supported living, personalized day and employment services, and other person-centered services. She works with private and governmental agencies to shift their services toward supporting regular lives for people with disabilities. She provides training and coaching in person-centered thinking, tools and processes for implementing person-centered services, and other topics that support programs and systems to assist people with disabilities to develop and pursue their own plans for their lives like other people in society. Disclosure: Vickie Vining, BA 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: Behavioral Analyst; intermediate level Psychologists; intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; 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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