Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening & Assessment
Lee A. Wilkinson, EdD, PhD, NCSP
CE Credit: 3 Hours
Learning Level: Intermediate
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that summarizes proven approaches to screening, assessing and diagnosing ASD in children and young adults.
Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, children, and youth with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an under-identified and underserved population in our schools and communities.
The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals in clinical, school, and private practice settings to update their knowledge about the spectrum. In addition, professionals should be prepared to recognize the presence of risk factors and/or early warning signs of ASD and be familiar with screening and assessment tools in order to ensure that individuals with ASD are being identified and provided with the appropriate programs and services.
The objectives of this course are to identify DSM-5 diagnostic changes in the ASD diagnostic criteria, summarize the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD, and describe a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD.
This course adapted with permission from Wilkinson, L. A. (2017). A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools, Second Edition. London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.
Course #31-25 | 2020 | 55 pages | 20 posttest questions
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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist, registered psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He provides consultation services and best practice guidance to school systems, agencies, advocacy groups, and professionals on a wide variety of topics related to children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. He is also a university educator and school psychology trainer. Dr. Wilkinson is author of the award-winning books, A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools and Overcoming Anxiety and Depression on the Autism Spectrum: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT. Dr. Wilkinson is also the editor of a text in the American Psychological Association (APA) School Psychology Book series, Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools. His latest book is A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools, (2nd Edition).
Disclosure: Dr. Wilkinson is the author of " A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools and receives royalty payments from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Dr. Wilkinson receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on the sales of his courses.
Non-Financial: Dr. Wilkinson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.