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 American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5. In addition, the term "parent" also refers to guardians and other caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 8/18/2023.

This module was released on 8/18/2020.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Fragilex.org, Jamanetwork.com, the Mayo Clinic, Medical News Today, Nationaleatingdisorders.org, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Poison Control Center, Research Autism, Rettsyndrome.org, Rettsyndromenews.com, Texas Children’s Hospital, Verdugo Hills Autism Project (VHAP), the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the University of North Carolina Autism Research Center and the University of Queensland.