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Digital Seminar

Exploring the Autism Spectrum: Screening, Diagnosis, & Management in Children and Adolescents

Jean Waitneight, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PNP-BC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Jul 14, 2023
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We are learning more about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) every day...and know that early detection and intervention are critical since education and treatment can alter the disabling trajectory of ASD. This course will increase knowledge among pediatric clinicians on evidence-based practices for screening, evaluation, referral for diagnosis and management of children with ASD. Strategies for pediatric clinicians and families to prepare for and successfully implement an office visit for a child with ASD will be provided. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before purchase.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 04/09/2026.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 7/14/2023. It was last reviewed on 6/12/2023 and is valid until 06/12/2026


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 7/14/2023. It was last reviewed on 6/12/2023 and is valid until 06/12/2026.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Jean Waitneight, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PNP-BC's Profile

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Jean Waitneight, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PNP-BC, is a dual certified pediatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She practices full time at Pediatrics at Newton Wellesley as an integrated psychiatric and developmental provider. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and young adults in primary care, developmental medicine, and psychiatric mental health. For the past 7 years, she has worked directly with the autism spectrum population.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jean Waitneight has an employment relationship with Newton Wellesley. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jean Waitneight has a child with autism spectrum disorder. She is a member of the American nurses Credentialing Center.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


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  1. Describe the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders and etiological theories of autism.
  2. Determine when and how to screen for autism and when to refer to specialty providers.
  3. Describe comorbidities commonly associated with autism.
  4. Identify evidence-based treatments and interventions for autism.
  5. Identify how to use evidence-based pharmacological treatments for symptoms and features of autism spectrum disorder.


Autism Spectrum
  • What is autism?
  • Epidemiology
  • Etiology
Screening & Diagnosis of Autism
  • Screening in the primary care office
  • Developmental Milestones
  • When and where to refer for further evaluation
  • Diagnostic Criteria
Comorbidities Frequently Associated with Autism
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurological
  • Sleep Disorders
Treatment and Management of Challenges in Autism
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Educational interventions
  • Psychiatric/Medical Interventions
Psychopharmacology of Autism
  • Common medications
  • Indications for use

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • APRNs
  • Marriage
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians


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