Understanding & Treating Young Adults with ASD: A Therapist’s Guide to Intervention


About the Course 
The following course is a detailed, evidence-based review and analysis of current interventions for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While pediatric research in this area continues to grow at a steady pace, research pertaining to young adults remains limited; however, this course prepares practitioners by providing an overview of ASD and potential co-occurring disorders that impact function and occupational performance, evaluation tools to create client-centered treatment plans, current evidence-based interventions, and updated definitions and language used to promote neurodiversity in a clinical setting.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Classify autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to updated diagnostic criteria. 
  • Differentiate common disorders that often accompany ASD as well as the consequences on daily?function.  
  • Categorize functional deficits that frequent the lives of young adults with ASD.  
  • Predict therapists’ roles in working with young adults with ASD.  
  • Relate peer-reviewed evidence for currently effective interventions and programs.  
  • Distinguish at least three evaluation tools for young adults with ASD in the rehabilitative setting. 
  • Analyze current neurodivergent language as respectfully applied in the therapy world. 

About the Author/Presenter 
Meredith Chandler has been working as an occupational therapist in the United States for almost 11 years, having graduated from the University of Utah with her master’s degree in 2013. Since then, Meredith has worked in skilled nursing, inpatient, subacute care, intensive care, and outpatient clinics with patients across the age span. Additionally, she is a researcher, course author, and educator for occupational therapy practitioners and students. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration, neurodevelopmental techniques, wheelchair and equipment education, dementia, and a wide array of psychosocial challenges that impact daily function both children and adults.  

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships  
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
©2024: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Accreditations and Approvals 

AOTA logo Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9755. This Distance Learning-Independent course is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Intermediate, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.