High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: Physical Therapy Interventions - Q3488


About Course #Q3488

Expiration Date: July 30, 2019

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data indicating that 1 out of every 68 children is diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum. These numbers indicate a continuing increase in the number of children being identified with this condition. Along with these numbers, physical and occupational therapists and other healthcare providers have seen a parallel rise in referrals for assessment and intervention services. While physical therapists have not always been included as part of the healthcare team working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, it is imperative that physical therapy practitioners remain up to date and well-informed regarding evidence-based practice for this population.

This intermediate level course will provide physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with information on the criteria and classification system for autism spectrum disorders based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition, along with information about how physical therapists can contribute to the clinical decisions and care provided to these individuals. Although this course is specifically designed to examine the unique and heterogeneous needs of people with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, much of the information can also be applied to individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum with any degree of impairment.

Texas PTs and PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs and PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

About the Author(s)

Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc, PCS, has had more than 28 years of clinical experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, including those with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. In her current clinical practice, she participates in a diagnostic evaluation team for young children with autism and other neurodevelopmental concerns, and provides outpatient physical therapy for children. Dr. Dannemiller is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibility includes the pediatric content in the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal tracks.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.

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