Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Course Description: This course focuses on assessment and treatment issues revolving around autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by patterns of delay and deviance in the development of social, communicative, and cognitive skills that arise in the first years of life. Although frequently associated with intellectual disability, this condition is distinctive in its course, impact, and treatment. This disorder has a wide range of syndrome expression and its management presents particular challenges for clinicians. Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder can present for clinical care at any point in development. The multiple developmental and behavioral problems associated with this condition necessitate multidisciplinary care, coordination of services, and advocacy for individuals and their families. Early, sustained intervention and the use of multiple treatment modalities are indicated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the clinical presentation and course, epidemiology, etiology, differential diagnosis, and comorbidities associated with autism spectrum disorder
  • Critique recommendations for best assessment and treatment practices for autism spectrum disorder

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Fred Volkmar, MD, Matthew Siegel, MD, Marc Woodbury-Smith, MD, Bryan King, MD, James McCracken, MD, Matthew State, MD, PhD, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Quality Issues

Content Publisher(s): American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, © All Rights Reserved, 2017

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Volkmar is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford University where he received his M.D. and a master’s degree in psychology in 1976 Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section.

Dr. Siegel graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2003. He works in Westbrook, ME and specializes in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Dr. Siegel is affiliated with Spring Harbor Hospital.

Dr. Woodbury-Smith is a physician in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital and adult developmental (dual diagnosis) clinic at St Joseph’s Healthcare, both located in Hamilton, ON. He is also a consulting psychiatrist to the brain injury service of Hamilton. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (Associate Member Department of Pediatrics). After achieving his medical degree, Dr Woodbury-Smith trained in psychiatry in Southampton and Cambridge in the UK, and at Yale School of Medicine, USA. Whilst at Cambridge he also completed his PhD and developed an interest in phenotypic aspects of autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. King is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Co-Chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disability Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also a member of the DSM-5 workgroup responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. King has been focused on psychiatric aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, and upon the pathogenesis and treatment of severe behavioral disturbance in autism, in particular. He has participated in several clinical trials of therapeutics in autism at all stages of development, and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health to do this and related work as a Principal Investigator since 1990.

Dr. McCracken is the Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA NPI-Semel Institute (formerly the Neuropsychiatric Institute) in Los Angeles. Dr. McCracken received medical and postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine, Duke University, and UCLA before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1987. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Young Psychiatrist Research Award. He has published more than 150 papers in the area of child psychiatry and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Dr. State is a child psychiatrist and human geneticist studying pediatric neuropsychiatric syndromes. His lab focuses on gene discovery as a launching point for efforts to illuminate the biology of these conditions and to develop novel and more effective therapies. Dr. State received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University, completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and earned a PhD in genetics from Yale University. He was on the faculty at Yale from 2001 to 2013 where he was the Donald J. Cohen Professor of Child Psychiatry.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

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