Welcome to the Autism Spectrum Disorders course. Please click on the images or links below to access the three modules. When viewing a module please make sure to use the scroll bar on the left hand side of the page to view all of the sections.

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3

This course was designed at the time the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR) was the standard diagnostic tool. The new version of the DSM, the DSM- 5 is now the standard. It has restructured the diagnostic criteria for Autism.

All symptoms of Autism are subsumed under the label of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The DSM-IV defined 3 areas of delay; DSM-5 has combined these criteria into 2 areas. DSM-5 now includes sensory concerns in the category of repetitive behaviors. PDD-NOS , Asperger Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) are no longer considered separate disorders. Rett Syndrome is no longer listed as an ASD. Please refer to the DSM-5 when considering the diagnosis of Autism.

The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and Maternal and Child Health (HRSA 2 T73 MC00056).

Contributors to the course:

Kathleen Braden, MD
Catherine C. Davis, MD
Roula Choueiri, MD
Robin Adair, MD
Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA
Karen J. Miller, MD

Narrator: Richard Serna, Ph.D.