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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

This course is intended to provide Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with: information about the causes of autism spectrum disorder; a description of the characteristics of the disorder; a review of some of the most commonly used therapies for the treatment of people who have autism spectrum disorder, and; basic information and tips on how to successfully care for someone who has autism spectrum disorder.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • What is Autism?
  • How is Autism Diagnosed?
  • What Causes Autism?
  • How is Autism Treated?
  • Working with the Person Who Has Autism

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the correct definition of autism.
  • Identify social behaviors characteristic of people with autism.
  • Identify physical behaviors that are characteristic of people with autism.
  • Identify the possible causes of autism.
  • Identify the possible causes of emotional outbursts from autistic clients.


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