Autism spectrum disorder: screening, diagnosis and intervention
The number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Australia has increased considerably in recent years, and general practitioners (GPs) are often the first point of call when parents think that their child might be on the autism spectrum. This eLearning module has therefore been developed to help GPs identify the main signs of ASD and the screening and diagnostic process. It will also examine the range of interventions for ASD, and the main aspects and principles that should be considered when choosing an effective intervention.Relevance to General Practice
GPs are often the first point of call when a parent identifies a developmental delay in their child and play a key surveillance role in determining which young children might require further screening and referral for an ASD assessment. They therefore need to understand the main signs of ASD and the screening and diagnostic process.
Following a diagnosis, parents may turn to their GP for advice about what to do next. Given that there are over 500 different marketed interventions for ASD, GPs may have trouble identifying those treatments that have strong scientific support. This eLearning module will therefore examine the range of interventions for ASD. It will also discuss the main aspects and principles that should be considered when choosing an effective intervention (eg intensity, duration, individual variation, cost, family involvement, etc.). This will assist GPs to be able to provide guidance to parents on choosing an intervention so that they can make an informed decision.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Children and young people health
- Individuals with disabilities