Are We Making Progress Against Autism?

Edward Hoffman, PhD and Kathleen L. Taylor, MPH, MSN, RN



Autism is one of the most challenging disabilities you'll encounter among pediatric patients. A major developmental disorder of unknown cause, it requires intensive multidisciplinary intervention -- and lasts a lifetime. No cure exists, but healthcare professionals and families of autistic persons are working hard to forge effective interventions. Learn about diagnosis, interventions, and nursing care for autism.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information about autism so they can provide more effective care for patients with this disorder.


1. Describe how autism is diagnosed.
2. Identify medical interventions for autism.
3. Discuss nursing interventions for autism.


Edward Hoffman, PhD, is an adjunct associate psychology professor at Yeshiva University in New York, New York. Kathleen L. Taylor, MPH, MSN, RN, is a health specialist and school nurse for the Orange County Department of Education in Santa Ana, California.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.9

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012


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