ASD in Schools is now ASHA-Approved!

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment - 3 Hour Online CE Course

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This new 3-hour online continuing education course, Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools: Evidence-Based Screening & Assessment, is now ASHA-approved and available for credit by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

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 #30-53 | 2011 | 43 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

About the Author:

Lee A. Wilkinson, EdD, PhD, NCSP, is an author, applied researcher, and practitioner. He is a nationally certified school psychologist, registered psychologist, chartered scientist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. Dr. Wilkinson is currently a school psychologist in the Florida public school system where he provides diagnostic and consultation services for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. He is also a university educator and teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment, clinical intervention, and child and adolescent psychopathology. His research and professional writing has focused on behavioral consultation and therapy, and children and adults with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. He has published numerous journal articles on these topics both in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the book “A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools” published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Dr. Wilkinson can be reached at

Accreditation Statement:

ASHA-Approved ProviderThis course is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA credit expires 2/19/2014. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the quarterly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter in which the course was completed.

The month of April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month and is intended as a time of learning for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who care for them. We (Professional Development Resources) have pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from every autism course sold during the month of April to the Autism Society of America. All seven of our Autism courses are on sale during the month as well.

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