CE Credit

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Screening, Diagnosis and Management

Welcome to the training on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Screening, Diagnosis and Management provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to recognize autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children and adolescents and to provide guidelines for diagnosis, referral, and continuity of care in a primary care setting.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Assess common risk factors and clinical features of ASD.
  2. Specify how and when to conduct routine screenings for ASD and apply criteria for diagnosis.
  3. Summarize the importance of the medical home in caring for patients with ASD and how to respond to concerns expressed by parents and caregivers.
  4. Choose when to refer patients with ASD to a specialist or subspecialist.

Note: In this course, the term "autism" refers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as recognized by the DSM-5. In addition, the term "parent" also refers to guardians and other caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 10/25/2020.

This module was released on 10/25/2017.

Accreditation Statement


The following resources can support the primary care provider in caring for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. The websites offer scientifically sound and evidence-based information, and several represent state and federal government agencies.

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, the Mayo Clinic, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.