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 identified in school districts was about 1 per 68, with boys (1 in 42) being identified 4.5 times more commonly than girls (1 in 189). 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.
The goal of this continuing education program is to update nurses’, dietitians’, EMTs’ and paramedics’, health educators’, and social workers’ knowledge of the identification, classification, management, and clinical interventions for patients with autism spectrum disorder. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Differentiate among levels of autism spectrum disorder and their prevalence
- Name three essential aspects of the management of autism spectrum disorder
- List four interventions appropriate for patients with autism spectrum disorder
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, health educators and social workers.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3020, 3050, 5070, 5080, 5180 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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