Identification and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

Identification and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

Course Expiration Date: 1/31/20

This course is free. 

Course Description:  This program is brought to you through a partnership with LEND to discuss how to review the characteristics and behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among young children, a neurodevelopmental disorder that now affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. Strategies for screening for ASD will be discussed, including specific screening tools and approaches for discussing ASD with parents and families. Lastly, recommendations for management and treatment of young children at high-risk for autism spectrum disorder will be reviewed, including referrals for evaluation and early intervention.

Instructor: Christina McDonnell is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Notre Dame who is currently completing her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research examines parent-child emotional processes and early memory and social development among children with autism spectrum disorder. The long-term goal of this work is to inform interventions for diverse families affected by ASD. Her clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, as well as empirically-supported interventions for a range of child clinical concerns.

Target Audience: Nurses, Social Workers, and any other healthcare professional

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Identify the behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder and approaches for screening and managing ASD among young children and their families.

Length of Course: 1 hour

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.0 contact hours.

Social Workers: This program has been approved by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 1.0 clock hours of non-social work continuing education.

Others:  This educational offering provides 0.1 CEUs (1.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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