Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has a direct impact on both the child and the family. This training module provides an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and highlights the importance of early identification and diagnosis. Intervening as soon as red flags for ASD are recognized is critical. Diagnosis and receipt of autism specific treatment early in a child’s life have the most impact on a child’s developmental outcome. The complex, multi-step process from screening, to diagnosis, to receipt of services presents many challenges for families, particularly those from racial/ethnic minorities, who are faced with linguistic and cultural barriers. Each member of the child’s care team has a distinct and important role in providing screening, assessment, medical care, short term intervention, referrals for specialized services, education, and caregiver support.

CEs/CMEs are available for this training

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define autism spectrum disorder
  • Discuss a variety of ASD screening tools
  • Describe the diagnostic process
  • Understand the impact of culture around a diagnosis
  • Understand the various roles that the primary care team can have in supporting a family through the diagnostic process and after

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 hour


Course Instructors

  • Emily Feinberg headshotEmily Feinberg
    ScD, CPNP
  • Andrea Chu headshotAndrea Chu
  • Marilyn Augusta headshotMarilyn Augusta


1 year of access
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