Autism Awareness Month CE Specials

Autism Awareness Month arrives this year with a new set of numbers on the prevalence of autism: 1 in 68 children in 2010 (up from 1 in 88 in 2008).

While the mystery of autism remains largely unsolved, the search for new science and better services continue and Autism Awareness Month remains dedicated to education.

Autism Awareness Month CE Specials

To assist in this goal, we are spotlighting our online and test only CE courses at 50% off regular price for the entire month of April:

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online CE course that identifies DSM-5 diagnostic changes in the ASD diagnostic criteria, summarizes the empirically-based screening and assessment methodology in ASD and describes a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD. Risk factors and/or early warning signs of ASD are described. Course #30-69 | 2014 | 44 pages | 40 posttest questions | Sale $29.50!

Autism: The New Spectrum of Diagnostics, Treatment & Nutrition is a 4-hour online CE course that describes DSM-5 diagnostic changes (with specific focus on the shift from five subtypes to a single spectrum diagnosis), assessment, intervention models, GI problems, feeding difficulties and behavior change techniques, supplementation, dietary modifications, nutrition considerations and other theoretical interventions. Course #40-38 | 2013 | 50 pages | 30 posttest questions | Sale $34.50!

Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 6-hour test only CE course (book available on Amazon) that presents an overview of ASD and explores treatment approaches and strategies as applied in music therapy to the treatment of ASD. The authors present a wealth of practical applications and strategies for implementation of music therapy within multi-disciplinary teams, school environments and in family-centered practice. Course #60-97 | 2012 | 42 posttest questions | Sale $20!

Autism & Asperger Syndrome in Schools is a 6-hour test only CE course (book available on Amazon) that provides step-by-step guidance for screening, assessing, and educating children with ASD. Grounded in the latest research, special features include illustrative case examples, FAQs, quick reference boxes, glossary, and an index to 50 evidence-based best practice recommendations. Highly readable and comprehensive, this text is for those who want to further their understanding of the identification and treatment of school-age children with ASD. Course #60-90 | 2010 | 40 posttest questions | Sale $20!

Making Sense of Autism is a 7-hour test only CE course (book available on Amazon) that provides a solid, balanced understanding of what autism is, how it affects behavior and learning, and what you can do to effectively work with children with autism from their preschool years through elementary school. With the reliable, accessible research in this enlightening resource, you’ll learn to see the world through the eyes of children with autism and skillfully address the issues they and their families face on a daily basis. Course #70-11 | 2007 | 30 posttest questions | Sale $22.50!

Sale ends April 30, 2014. Offer valid on future orders only.

Autism Awareness Month CEU Special

Autism Awareness MonthApril is Autism Awareness Month, and today (April 2nd) is the 6th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every April we feature our CE courses that focus on autism with the goal of contributing to autism awareness among health professionals. This year we are offering 25% off all of our autism-related CEU courses for the entire month:

Families who have a child with autism may face new challenges this year when the long-awaited revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) is published. It is scheduled for release in May 2013. Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM is considered the “bible” of psychiatry because it establishes the criteria mental health professionals use to diagnose their patients. According to Clinical Psychiatry News (Feb. 6, 2013), the new autism requirements in the DSM5 will be more restrictive than those found in the current DSM-IV.
The intent is to make the diagnosis of autism more precise, but one of the real-life consequences will be that many individuals who are currently diagnosed with the condition may no longer qualify under the new criteria. An article published in CNN Health (Dec. 3, 2012) cited research predicting that at least 5% to 10% of patients will no longer meet the criteria for autism.
Other predictions are for much higher numbers. One article, published in the journal Developmental Neurorehabilitation in June 2012, found that over 47% fewer toddlers would be diagnosed under the DSM5 autism criteria than under the current DSM-IV criteria. Whether or not such projections prove to be accurate, there is widespread concern among parents and advocacy groups that individuals who are currently diagnosed and under treatment may lose their benefits.
While it may take several years for these diagnostic shifts to sort themselves out, it is important in the meantime for professionals who work with autistic individuals to monitor the situation closely. We plan to publish new courses as the DSM5 diagnostic criteria are phased in and new research becomes available.

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Autism and Air Pollution: The Link Grows Stronger


Autism and Air Pollution: The Link Grows StrongerChildren with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been exposed to car exhaust, smog, and other air pollutants during their earliest days, according to a new study.

That new research adds to a mounting body of evidence that shows a link between early-life exposure to pollution and autism spectrum disorders.

For the new study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers in California analyzed some 500 children living in that state: roughly half had autism and half did not. The kids’ mothers gave an address for each and every home in which they had lived during pregnancy and the child’s first year of life. Researchers took that information — along with data on traffic volume, vehicle emissions, wind patterns, and regional estimates of pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, and ozone — to estimate each child’s likely pollution exposure. According to the study, children in the top 25% of pollution exposure (using one of two different pollution scales) were far more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids in the bottom 25% of the pollution scale.

The researchers stress, however, that their study does not definitively prove that pollution is the root cause of autism.

“We’re not saying that air pollution causes autism. We’re saying it may be a risk factor for autism,” says Heather Volk, lead author on the new study and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. “Autism is a complex disorder and it’s likely there are many factors contributing,” she says.

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The following continuing education courses on autism were designed for the educational advancement of healthcare professionals: