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Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Lee A. Wilkinson, EdD, PhD, NCSP

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, children with mild to moderate autistic behaviors remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools. School 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 students with ASD are being identified and provided with the appropriate programs and services. The objective of this course is to summarize the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD and to describe a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing students with ASD. {Course adapted from Wilkinson, L. A. (2010). A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd. with permission of Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.}

Course #30-53 |
2011 | 44 pages | 40 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List the characteristics of the most prevalent types of ASD in schools
2. Distinguish between DSM diagnosis and IDEA classification schemes
3. Identify the differences between a dimensional and categorical perspective of ASD
4. Differentiate among screening, assessment, and diagnosis
5. Identify a multi-step assessment strategy to screen students with ASD
6. List the components of a comprehensive developmental assessment for ASD
7. Identify evidence-based assessment tools available to school practitioners
8. Name coexisting conditions commonly found in students with ASD
COURSE DIRECTIONS
Disclosure: Dr. Wilkinson is 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 has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
About the Author(s)

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.


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