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Autism Subtypes, Feeding Issues & Nutrition Considerations

Leo Christie, PhD; Catherine Christie, PhD; Gina Ulery, MS, RD, LD/N

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

The purpose of this course is to detail the symptoms and subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), describe developmental and behavioral issues, outline assessment and diagnostic considerations, and briefly review the literature on the efficacy of various treatment approaches. It will also outline common GI problems and feeding difficulties in autism, exploring the empirical data and/or lack thereof regarding any links between GI disorders and autism. Sections on feeding difficulties offer interventions and behavior change techniques. A final section on nutritional considerations discusses unusual food preferences or sensitivities, growth and weight concerns, and food allergies and sensitivities with an objective look at the science and theory behind a variety of nutrition interventions.

Course #30-32 | 2010 | 45 pages | 30 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.List the three core features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
2.List the basic elements of a diagnostic process and the types of specialists who should be involved
3.Describe three GI problems common in children with ASD
4.Identify three strategies for dealing with feeding problems in children with ASD
5.Describe the science, theory and efficacy of over a dozen CAM treatments for ASD
6.List the potential benefits and risks associated with various theoretical interventions for ASD
COURSE DIRECTIONS

Disclosure:

 

Leo Christie, PhD 

Financial: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc., where he is president and CEO.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

 

Catherine Christie, PhD 

Financial: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc., where she is vice president and director of CE.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

 

Gina Ulery, MS 

Financial: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc., where she is director of operations and marketing.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

About the Author(s)

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

Disclosure:
Financial
: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.

Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 


Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, is Vice President of Professional Development Resources. She is a Past President of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Cathy is co-author of four books including The Latino Food Lover’s Glossary, Fat is Not Your Fate, Eat to Stay Young and I’d Kill for a Cookie. Dr. Christie is also Editor of the Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Fellow of the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Christie earned her PhD from Florida State University and served for six years as the Chairman of the Dietetics and Nutrition Council, which regulates the nutrition profession in the state of Florida. Dr. Christie is the recipient of several awards and/or certifications including Florida’s Distinguished Dietitian, Florida Dietetic Association Outstanding Service Award, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, and the Excellence in Practice Award for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Disclosure:

Financial: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 


Gina Ulery, MS, RD, LD/N, is the Director of Operations & Marketing for Professional Development Resources and is a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of Florida. She earned her Master's degree in Health Science from the University of North Florida in 2003. Since then, she has used her experience and education to create online CE courses for healthcare professionals to further their careers and expand their knowledge base. Gina is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, as well as designing, implementing and facilitating marketing strategies.

Disclosure:
Financial
: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.

Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 


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