Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, students with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools. The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals to update their knowledge about the spectrum. In addition, school professionals should be prepared to...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment approach that includes combined medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. The course includes ...
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Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

This CE test is based on the book "Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families" (2012, 304 pages). This text includes the work of many researchers and practitioners from music therapy and related disciplines brought together to provide a comprehensive overview of music therapy practice with young children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors present an overview of ASD including core characteristi...
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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013, 336 pages). In his new book, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes on the vitamin and herbal supplements industry and alternative medicine of all kinds. He offers an impassioned and meticulously researched exposé of this industry. Dr. Offit reviews scientific studies and g...
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MyCred Presentation Portfolios for Healthcare Professionals

MyCred Portfolios are electronic credential and achievement presentation portfolios designed to store and present an individual’s educational, professional, and experiential accomplishments. MyCred Portfolios serve to educate, influence, and inspire an individual’s viewing audience leading to stronger professional relationships and positive outcomes. MyCred Portfolios offer the flexibility, scalability, and portability to support an individual throughout their continuum of education ...
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Interviewing Clients across Cultures

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Interviewing Clients across Cultures: A Practioner's Guide" (2008, 334 pages), which provides a solid consideration and analysis of relevant cultural competency issues. Topics include a multicultural framework, preparing for interviews, biases and unbiased observing, boundary issues, building rapport and conveying respect, nonverbal communication, language co...
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Helping Children Learn to Listen

Parents, teachers, and other adults often complain that their children do not listen to them. In fact, failure to listen is a common occurrence among all children, at least some of the time. When it becomes a chronic condition, that is, when a child rarely or never listens to adults, it becomes clinically worrisome because the safety and well-being of the child can be at risk. The failure to develop good listening skills is also a threat to a child’s learning processes. It is difficult to co...
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Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program

This course will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program (RMP). The purposes of such a program are to make dining safe and enjoyable, to increase resident independence at mealtimes, and to create a mechanism for monitoring declining abilities as disease processes progress. Also included are descriptions of dysphagic indicators, lists of aspiration ...
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Ethics and Social Media

Ethics and Social Media is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the use of Social Networking Services (SNS) on both our personal and professional lives. Is it useful or appropriate (or ethical or therapeutic) for a therapist and a client to share the kinds of information that are routinely posted on SNS like Facebook, Twitter, and others? How are psychotherapists to handle “Friending” requests from clients? What are the threats to confidentiality and therapeutic b...
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Celiac Disease: Basics & Beyond

This course explains the basics of celiac disease from the prevalence and pathophysiology of celiac disease to the diagnosis and management of celiac disease. It also goes beyond the basics by including the dietary treatment of celiac disease from a registered dietitian’s perspective by outlining the steps of the nutrition care process from assessment to monitoring and evaluation. Two case studies are included to assist the health professional in understanding the patient’s perspective fro...
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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health” (2007, 387 pages). Lifestyle changes, including diet, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation, have been proven in research to have multiple beneficial effects on health, including preventing and reversing heart disease, reducing cholesterol, lowering ...
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Autism: The New Spectrum of Diagnostics, Treatment & Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of the diagnostic concept of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), culminating in the revised criteria of the 2013 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, with specific focus on the shift from five subtypes to a single spectrum diagnosis. It also aims to provide epidemiological prevalence estimates, identify factors that may play a role in causing ASD, and outline assessment and diagnostic processes – along...
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