4 Contact Hours

The purpose of this entry-level course is to provide a broad overview of the range of issues commonly seen in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs); highlight the impact of ASDs on children and their families, as well as the influence of environmental and personal factors on occupational performance; and describe selected occupational therapy interventions for children with ASDs. Two vignettes are used to assist readers’ understanding of the possible clinical presentations of children with ASDs.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 4

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach (2012)" Edited by Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA.  Copyright 2012 FA Davis.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

1. Define the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

2. Describe the unique qualities and strengths of children with ASD as well as the characteristics that affect children’s occupations.

3. Identify underlying performance components that affect children with ASD.

4. List the occupational performance issues (activities and participation) that are common to many children on the spectrum.

5. Describe key interventions that assist children with ASDs and their families to more fully participate in meaningful life and occupational roles.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Introduction to Treatment

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3. Coursework - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Introduction to Treatment

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4. Course Final and Survey - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Introduction to Treatment

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion