Autism Spectrum Disorder: Causes, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder including causes, early signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.  This course references the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Reading:  Autism Spectrum Disorder

Publisher:  The National Institute of Mental Health

Find the reading at:  http://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/AutismSpectrumDisorderCausesSignDiagnosisandTreatment.pdf

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Learning Objectives:  Describe genetic and environmental factors that may or may not relate to ASD.  Describe early signs and symptoms of ASD.   Describe the process for diagnosis and treatment.

Review our pre-reading study guide.

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1: The term 'spectrum' refers to
 
 
 
2: The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) no longer includes _______________.
 
 
 
 
3: In medicine, 'environment' refers to
 
 
 
 
4: Except for some flu vaccines, no vaccine routinely given to preschool aged children in the US has contained thimerosal since ___________.
 
 
 
 
5: Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder vary from one child to the next but in general, fall into two areas
 
 
 
 
6: Repeating words or phrases that are heard is a condition called _____________.
 
 
 
 
7: _____________ children are being diagnosed with ASD than ever before.
 
 
8: Children with ASD can usually be reliably diagnosed by age _____________.
 
 
 
 
9: A well-child checkup should include a developmental screening test, with specific ASD screening at ________________ as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
 
 
 
10: Which of the following is not an example of a sensory problem?
 
 
 
 
11: _______________ children with ASD has seizures.
 
 
 
 
12: Fragile X sydrome is
 
 
 
13: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends effective early intervention including:  providing focused and challenging learning activities at the proper developmental level for the child for at least 25 hours per week and ___________  months per year
 
 
 
 
14: Which widely accepted treatment includes verbal behavior and pivotal response training interventions?
 
 
 
 
15: Which legislation provides free screenings and early intervention services to children from birth to age 3?
 
 
 
16: Doctors may prescribe medications off-label
 
 
 
 
17: The FDA warning about antidepressants says that patients of all ages taking antidepressants should be watched closely, especially during the first
 
 
 
 
18: The public schools' responsibility for providing services to children with ASD ends when the child reaches the age of ___________.
 
 
 
 
19: Government funds are available for families who choose to have their adult child with ASD live at home including all of the following except:
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.