Autism Disorders Conference - Improving Early Detection of Autism with An Eye Toward Going Down to Infancy
Research has shown that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed by 18-24 months of age. And yet, in spite of national guidelines, campaigns, and investments in research, the average age of diagnosis in our country still hovers at 4-5 years. Research findings of the NIH-funded FIRST WORDS® Project on early detection of communication delay and autism in infants and toddlers will be presented. Video vignettes will be shown to illustrate early red flags in social communication and repetitive behaviors in very young children using the DSM-5 framework. Strategies to use Baby Navigator for surveillance & screening in your busy practice with links to Autism Navigator® online courses and tools to engage families earlier and bridge the science-to-practice gap will be highlighted. A discussion of challenges and solutions to improve early detection of ASD in community health and education systems will be guided by Dr. Amy Wetherby, Ph.D.
Live webinar only. Please register for Zoom link.
Pediatricians, Neurologists, Family Practice Physicians, Psychologists (Instruction Level: Intermediate), Psychiatrists Hospitalists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists.
Baptist Health South Florida is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baptist Health South Florida maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Identify limitations of current screening tools in primary care settings for autism and communication delays.
- Implement strategies to share online tools with families for surveillance of social communication milestones that come before children learn to talk
- List the 16 early signs of autism in each of the two DSM-5 diagnostic domains that distinguish ASD in toddlers and are evident long before autism is usually diagnosed.
- Assess the use of mobile technology for surveillance & screening and to share information about the early signs of autism with families.
- Describe how the online Baby Navigator tools and Autism Navigator courses will help bridge research-to-practice and build partnerships with primary care and families.
Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP
Distinguished Research Professor of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Florida State University
L.L. Schendel Professor of Communication Science and Disorders
Director, Autism Institute, Florida State University College of Medicine
Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D. indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentation or discussion.
Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been approved for 1.5 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-796730, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Psychology and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.
This activity has also been approved for 1.5 credit hour for Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.50 Psychology CE
- 1.50 General certificate of attendance
- 1.50 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
- 1.50 Nurse Practitioners
- 1.50 Florida Board of Nursing
- 1.50 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
- 1.50 Florida Board of Psychology
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