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Care of Those with Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder (archived)

Care of Those with Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities has mandated that 4 hours of annual in-service training or continuing education must be completed by direct care workers giving care to those with disabilities, and be related to the specific needs of at least one recipient being currently served by the direct care worker. (See Appendix C of the iBudget Handbook.) This course has been created to expand the skills of those giving direct care and attendance to clients with autism, and to meet this educational requirement and general CE requirements.

Purpose and Objectives

    • Identify common traits and diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


    • Review the incidence of ASD in the U.S.


    • Review various hypotheses of causes and conditions associated with ASD.


    • Become aware of therapies used in ASD.


    • Relate the differences commonly found in low functioning autism versus higher functioning autism.


    • Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with communication.


  • Utilize approaches that will support clients with ASD who have problems with challenging behaviors.

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.

Board Approval Information

Care of Those with Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Certified Assistant Council, Provider No. 50-435. This course is for CNAs, HHAs and PCTs and does not provide credit for nurses. However, if is often through the boards of nursing that C.N.A. credit is recognized.


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