Autism Spectrum Disorder: Overview, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This activity will provide an overview of neurodiversity and examine the essential features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including deficits in social communication and interaction, as well as distinct patterns of repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. It will also discuss ASD and developmental screening and explore optimal approaches to care following a diagnosis.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Behavioral Health.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in learning about autism spectrum disorder.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify symptoms or behaviors that may indicate a need for targeted ASD screening.
- Compare and contrast evidence-based ASD screening tools.
- Discuss how ASD screening can identify the need for subspecialty referral for evaluation.
- Explain the importance of people-first language.
Tiffany Hodges, Psy.D, BCBA-D
Associate Vice President, ABA/Autism
Optum Behavioral Health Solutions
Debra Katz, MD
Senior National Medical Director
Optum Behavioral Health
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Behavioral Health. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity date/time: This live webcast will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 2–3 p.m. ET (1–2 p.m. CT; 12 –1 p.m. MT; 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PT).
Registration confirmation: Registrants will receive an email confirmation upon successful completion of registration. This confirmation will be sent to the email address associated with your optumhealtheducation.com account. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 hour after registering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees: There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
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