Community Report on Autism (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The ADDM Network is the largest, ongoing ASD tracking system in the US.  The course explores developmental monitoring efforts, signs and symptoms, risk factors, prevalence, and key research findings.

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

Reading:  Community Report on Autism 2014

Publisher:  The Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health and Human Services

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

Learning Objectives:  Identify recent changes to the term “ASD”.  Describe developmental monitoring efforts and signs/symptoms of ASD.    Identify risk factors and causes.  Describe key ASD research findings.

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1: The CDC's ADDM Network data show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to ________________.
2: CDC data have laid the foundation for research into
3: The term "ASD" currently
4: The term "spectrum" in ASD means
5: ASD is diagnosed by
6: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened specifically for ASD
7: Which of the following is a possible concern for a child who has reached 18 months of age?
8: Which of the following is a possible concern for a child who has reached 12 months of age?
9: We have learned that there are likely many risk factors for multiple types of ASD including all of the following except:
10: It is estimated to cost at least _______________ more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD.
11: Mothers who maintain employment earn _____________ less than mothers of children with no major health issues.
12: Which of the following terms describes the number of people with a disease or condition among a defined group at a specific period in time?
13: What is the ADDM Network's method for estimating the number of children with ASD?
14: Information in this report reflects the ASD criteria in the
15: An initial analysis using data from the ADDM Network found that estimates of the number of children identified with ASD might be ___________ using the current DSM-5 criteria than using the previous DSM-IV-TR criteria.
16: According to ADDM Network data, boys were almost ________________ more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
17: ____________ children were the most likely to be identified with ASD.
18: On average, children who had a diagnosis of ASD were not diagnosed until what age?
19: Children can be diagnosed with ASD as early as
20: CDC's "Learn the Signs.  Act Early" program aims to
21: Which ADDM Network site sponsored initiatives to address possible differences in identification and age of diagnosis by race and ethnicity?
22: Which ADDM Network site started onsite trainings for medical professionals after identifying a several year gap between the age when developmental concerns were first noted and when a child received an ASD diagnosis?
23: Which ADDM Network site met with their state legislature in an attempt to enhance ASD services after their site reported the highest rate of children identified as having ASD among ADDM Network communities?
24: Currently, research shows that living in certain communities, being a boy, being of white race and having a certain intellectual ability puts children at greater risk for developing ASD.
25: Based on the ADDM Network reports to date, we can estimate that over ______________ of children from birth to 21 years of age have ASD.
26: What federal law ensures that all children with disabilities, from birth through 21 years of age, can get free, appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living.
27: Medications can

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