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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
- Develop a plan of treatment or referral for autistic patients.
- Critique some of the less studied or effective treatment for autism.
- Recommend resources for families of those with autism.
Kara Thompson, DO
Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, Dr. Thompson indicated she own shares in Forest Lab.
Needs Assessment Sources
- National Autism Association - http://www.autismsafety.org/
- Autism Resources for Parents - http://autismnow.org/
- Autism Resources for Providers - http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/atn-information-physicians-and-researchers
- Castelli F, Frith C, Happe F, Frith U. 2002. Autism, Asperger syndrome and brain mechanisms for the attribution of mental states to animated shapes. Brain. 125:1839—1849
- Lee PS, Foss-Feig J, Henderson JG, Kenworthy LE, Gilotty L, Gaillard WD, Vaidya CJ. 2007. Atypical neural substrates of embedded figures task performance in children with autism spectrum disorder. Neuroimage. 38:184--193
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- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.00 AOA Category 1B
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 IBON