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Practical Strategies for Identifying and Assessing Infants and Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

# e164   Practical Strategies for Identifying and Assessing Infants and Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Elizabeth Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP

0.35 CEUs

$ 69.00

Recent evidence indicates that behavioral characteristics of ASD can be seen in some children as young as 12-15 months of age and in many by 18 months. This online course will highlight the research findings on key social communicative, sensory, and play behaviors shown to be symptomatic of ASD diagnosis. Video examples of infants and toddlers with ASD will be used to illustrate what these behaviors look like in young children. Particular emphasis will be on (1) early behaviors indicative of an ASD diagnosis, (2) early screening and assessment tools and the practical issues that surround their use, and (3) working closely with families and other professionals in early identification and screening. Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify symptoms of ASD in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

  2. Choose appropriate tools for screening for ASD and assessing communication and play skills in young children with ASD.

  3. Describe strategies for collaborating with parents and other professionals in screening and assessing this population.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order 
to receive a certificate of completion.

Elizabeth Crais, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Crais has been active within early intervention for over 35 years as a speech-language pathologist, university professor, clinical supervisor, and researcher.  She is the Co-Principal Investigator of a project focused on home-based intervention and an Investigator on a preschool project for children with autism. Her research focuses on the early identification of and intervention with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at-risk for ASD, as well as the implementation of family-centered assessment practices.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Elizabeth Crais is presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Elizabeth Crais has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.35 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3.5 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

IL Early Intervention: The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 1.5 hours of EI credential credit in the area of Assessment, 1 hour in Atypical Development, and 1 hour in Working with Families (3.5 Total).

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.  
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Provider #1654.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 10/31/2016.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"The discussion regarding the assessment tools was most beneficial.  The videos enhanced the course and made it more real by seeing examples of what was being discussed." – W.L. (Dec. 2016)

"I appreciated going over the early markers to be aware of. I liked that the speaker had a very soothing voice! Also like watching videos that sharply contrasted normal-developing skills to early ASD markers." – J.D. (Dec. 2016)

"I liked the way the videos were included in the course." – P.M. (Dec. 2016)

"The portion on how to interact with parents was excellent.  I liked that the course was very easy to follow." – K.H. (Dec. 2016)

"Everything was beneficial. I liked the format, flow and the videos to support the narrative." – A.G. (Dec. 2016)

"Going over how to evaluate was very useful.  Easy to understand, step by step." – L.W. (Dec. 2016)

"The discussion on how to diagnose was most helpful.  I liked the handouts." – I.E. (Dec. 2016)

"This is great - very timely. The talking to the parent part is very beneficial - no one is comfortable approaching the subject." – C.T. (Nov. 2016)

"This is an excellent course for any clinician that needs specific information on diagnosing or evaluating a young child that is possibly or has been diagnosed as being on the spectrum. School Based SLPs could use a lot of this information to include in their speech and language assessments for younger children entering the district. It would be very appropriate for a speech pathologist to comment on these skills during assessment and re-evaluation procedures. The format was amazing. There were so many specific examples that had videos to ensure comprehension." – M.K. (Oct. 2016)

 

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