Autism Spectrum Disorder Part I: Overview, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Individuals with ASD have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses. ASD is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by impaired social interactions, difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, and limited activities and interests.
This educational series has been developed to provide a comprehensive overview of ASD with the goal of developing an understanding of the disorder and promoting optimal outcomes and compassionate care for these individuals and their families. This activity will provide an overview of ASD including screening and when to refer to a specialist.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify symptoms or behaviors that may alert health care professionals to the need for targeted ASD screening;
- Compare and contrast evidence-based ASD screening tools;
- State when to perform ASD screening to identify the need for subspecialty referral for evaluation; and
- Explain the importance of people-first language.
Robin K. Blitz, MD
Senior Medical Director
Special Needs Initiative
About the presenter
Robin K. Blitz, MD, is a board-certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician and is the senior medical director for the special needs initiative at UnitedHealthcare. Dr. Blitz also continues her developmental pediatric practice at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and is clinical associate professor in the department of child health, University of Arizona College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., followed by a fellowship in developmental/behavioral pediatrics at the University of Maryland.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Director, Special Needs Initiative
Eden Prairie, MN
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method of participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity. For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education (CE) credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.
Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:
- Completing the entire activity; and
- Completing the pre- and post-activity assessments, activity evaluation and application for certificate of credit.
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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare. OptumHealth 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 healthcare team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
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.
OptumHealth 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.
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth 1 CEU.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018–April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours.
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.
IL: Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141, (1) hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (1) clock hour, #RCST110701.
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists, Provider #151, 1 CE hour.
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, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio board includes counselors and MFTs.
If you require Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact our office 14 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please note: Licensing boards change regulations often and, while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, educators, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers (all practice types), therapists and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers