Autism Spectrum Disorders Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3 Credit Hours)

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Program summary: This article discusses assessment and treatment options for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for National Certified Counselors.


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Program Objectives: To enhance professional knowledge and practice by identifying key issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Learning Objectives: Identify common indicators for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Assess the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Identify diagnosis and treatment options.  Identify possible causes.

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1: ________________ are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in a child.
2: The risk of autism is ____________ higher in males than females.
3: Rett Syndrome affects almost exclusively
4: All children with ASD demonstrate deficits in all of the following except
5: Which of the following is a possible indicator of autism spectrum disorders?
6: Research has suggested that although children with ASD are attached to their parents, their expression of this attachment is unusual and difficult to 'read.'
7: Some ASD children parrot what they hear, a condition called
8: Many children with ASD have some degree of mental impairment.
9: _______________ children with ASD develops seizures, often starting either in early childhood or adolescence.
10: For the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, problems in at least one of the areas of communication, socialization, or restricted behavior must be present before the age of
11: Which of the following assures a free and appropriate public education for children with diagnosed learning deficits.
12: If your child is under ____________  years of age and has special needs, he or she should be eligible for an early intervention program.
13: Among the many methods available for treatment and education of people with autism, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted as an effective treatment.
14: An effective treatment program will do all of the following except
15: During middle and high school years, instruction will begin to address such practical matters as
16: Several clinical trials have found significant improvements in symptoms for patients who receive secretin.
17: On October 6, 2006 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved which drug for the symptomatic treatment of irritability in autistic children and adolescents ages 5 to 16.
18: The FDA has adopted a 'black box' warning label on all anti-depressant medications to alert the public about the potential increased risk of suicidal thinking or attempts in
19: A child with ASD may not respond in the same way to medications as typically developing children.
20: The public schools' responsibility for providing services ends when the person with ASD reaches the age of
21: Until _________, vaccines given to infants to protect them from certain infectious disease contained thimerosal as a preservative.
22: Postmortem and MRI studies have shown that many major brain structures are implicated in autism.

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