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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Dr. Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa, EdD, OTR/L
Peer Reviewer(s): Lauren Little PhD, OTR/L
Item#: I6400
Contents: 1 Course Book (96 pages)
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High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2nd Edition

Price $24.95
Item # I6400
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 22, 2019 

Expiration Date: January 22, 2022

This intermediate-level course will provide Occupational Therapy practitioners and assistants with information on the criteria and classification system for Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with information on how occupational therapy practitioners can contribute to an informed diagnosis.


AOTA Content Focus: - Domain of OT - client factors; OT Process - Intervention; Professional Issues - Contemporary Issues and Trends

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history and current prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
  • Describe the causal theories for ASD.
  • Identify diagnostic criteria for ASD.
  • Understand the specific strengths and challenges for individuals with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD).
  • Compare and contrast occupational therapy assessment tools and evidence-based interventions and strategies to address occupational performance difficulties for individuals with HFASD.

Dr. Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa, EdD, OTR/L, is a full-time faculty member at Bay Path University’s graduate program in occupational therapy, where she teaches the pediatric sequence of courses. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa has over 25 years of experience in occupational therapy clinical practice in varied practice settings. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa received advanced training in sensory integration theory and practice at the Ayres Clinic in Torrance, CA, and interdisciplinary training at the University Affiliated Program of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa’s research interests include children with autism spectrum disorders and sensory integration. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa has published results of her research and presented locally and nationally, has been an active member of local boards involving children and families for many years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for a local agency providing services and resources to families and individuals with autism.

Dr. Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Dr. Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at Rush University. Dr. Little has a clinical background in occupational therapy and a PhD in occupa¬tional science. Dr. Little’s clinical experience and program of research is focused on families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Little has taught interdisciplinary courses related to behavioral interventions for children with ASD as well as pediatric practice and research courses in occupational therapy and has a number of publications about sensory processing measurement and intervention for children with ASD and other developmental conditions. Dr. Little’s work was awarded the Cordelia Myers American Journal of Occupational Therapy Best Article award in 2015.

Dr. Lauren Little has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.