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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

An Overview

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

It is estimated that in 2010, Autistic Spectrum Disorder affected 14.7 per 1,000 (1 in 68) children age 8 years (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). Many nurses, speech therapists and audiologists, occupational therapists, and mental health therapists will encounter those affected by ASD. This course reviews changes in diagnostic terminology, common traits, the incidence, possible causes, and therapies and approaches that will help persons with ASD learn and grow in an outer world that is very different from their inner experiences.

Purpose and Objectives

  • Objective No. 1: Identify common traits, symptoms and diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Objective No. 2: Review the incidence of ASD in the U.S.
  • Objective No. 3: Review various hypotheses of causes and conditions associated with ASD.
  • Objective No. 4: Relate the differences commonly found in low functioning autism versus higher functioning autism.
  • Objective No. 5: Become aware of general treatments used in ASD.
  • Objective No. 6: Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with communication and social interaction.
  • Objective No. 7: Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with challenging behaviors.
  • Objective No. 8: Assist family members to learn and manage their experience with ASD.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

About the Author

Rosalva Ramon, SLP

Rosalva has a special talent in working with children and has been dedicated for over 30 years in of private practice working as a speech therapist with children in New York City, New York.

Rosalva graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.S., and from Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey with an M.S.

Board Approval Information

Autism Spectrum Disorder
An Overview

Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, and Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology (clinical), Occupational Therapy Practice, and Marriage and Family, Social Work, and Mental Health Therapists, Provider No. 50-435; the Ohio Board of Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology, Provider No. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Provider No. 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider No. 61; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, District of Columbia and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.

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