Pediatrics: A Primer for Physical Therapists on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Part I

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Course Type: Online | PT 2009

Author(s): Ana Carolina Mieres, PT, MSPT, PhD; Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE

Price: $54 Member | $89 Nonmember (subject to change)

CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours)

Description: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a perplexing disorder and physical therapists wonder about their role with children and families. Evidence in ASD is unfortunately quite limited in physical therapy and this diagnosis has no cure. ASD has been called the fastest-growing serious disability in the United States with one child being diagnosed every 20 minutes. This presentation will summarize and integrate evidence from present and emerging findings in ASD research pertinent to the practice of physical therapy. Topics will include epidemiologic and demographic correlates of ASD, current diagnostic criteria and controversies, current evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC-funded Autism and Developmental Disorders Monitoring Network (ADDM), current state of research on sensory and motor metrics, and implications for the five domains of the practice of physical therapy in education, patient/client management, consultancy, administration, and critical inquiry.

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