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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 12.5
Price: $28.99
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 88 children are on the autism spectrum; meaning some degree of a complex brain disorder exists, characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication, as well as a tendency toward repetitive behaviors. In its mildest form, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can present minor communication challenges in children who are at or above normal intelligence. In its most severe form, comprehensive cognitive deficits and a total lack of communication create permanent dependence. This course will provide advanced learning for nurses interested in the diagnosis and treatment plan for the individual with autism, and for their families.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Included Disorders
    1. Autism
    2. Asperger Syndrome
    3. Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
    4. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
    5. Rett Syndrome
  3. Early Etiology
    1. Primary ASD
    2. Secondary ASD
  4. Recent Changes to DSM-5
    1. Autism Spectrum Disorders In The DSM-5
  5. Characteristics of ASD
    1. Social deficits
    2. Communication difficulties
    3. Stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests
    4. Cognitive delays
  6. Associated Features Of ASD
    1. Genetic disorders
    2. Epilepsy
    3. Intellectual disorders
  7. Developmental Course Of ASD
    1. Gradual Onset Course
    2. Regression Course
      1. Communication
      2. Social
      3. Cognitive
      4. Self-help skills
  8. Effects of Early Intervention
  9. Risk Factors
    1. Gender
    2. Genetics
    3. Prenatal and Perinatal Factors
    4. Neuroanatomical Abnormalities
      1. Brain enlargement
    5. Environmental Factors
  10. Diagnosis
    1. Differential Diagnosis
    2. Level 1 Screening
    3. Level 2 Evaluation
    4. Psychological Assessment Tools
      1. ADI-R
      2. ADOS
      3. Other questionnaires
  11. ASD And Co-Morbidities
    1. Epilepsy
    2. Tuberous Sclerosis
    3. Sensory Processing Disorder
    4. Fragile X Syndrome
    5. Anxiety Disorders
    6. Intellectual Disorders
    7. ADHD
  12. Management and Prognosis
    1. Treatment Goals
      1. Lessen deficits
      2. Lessen family stress
    2. Applied Behavior Analysis
    3. Structured Teaching
    4. Speech and Language Therapy
    5. Social Skills Therapy
    6. Occupational Therapy
  13. Pharmacology
    1. Current Medications
      1. Indications
      2. Mechanism of Action
      3. Side Effects
    2. Future Therapies
  14. Vaccine Controversy
  15. Summary
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NurseCe4Less is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (ANCC)


The author, planning committee, and reviewers have no financial or other conflicts of interest related to this course. There is no sponsorship or commercial support used for this course.

There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

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