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  1. What is the estimated overall prevalence of ASD in the US population, according to the CDC?

    1. 10%

    2. 1 in 68 (this is the prevalence among children, but not the full population)

    3. 1%        <-- CORRECT

    4. 100,000

  2. Individuals on the autism spectrum are more likely to ______ than their typical counterparts

    1. Have epilepsy, hypertension, anxiety, and depression <-- CORRECT

    2. Smoke

    3. Eat healthy

    4. Obtain preventative healthcare

    5. Use ambulatory instead of emergency care

  3. The triad of impairments includes (select all that apply)

    1. Communication <-- CORRECT

    2. Social                   <-- CORRECT

    3. Gross motor

    4. Imagination       <-- CORRECT

    5. Memory

    6. Fine motor

  4. Challenges with theory of mind mean

    1. Difficulties organizing thoughts and processes

    2. Difficulties seeing things from someone else’s perspective <-- CORRECT

    3. Difficulties finding words to express oneself

    4. Difficulties processing incoming language

  5. Differences in sensory processing include:

    1. Difficulties organizing thoughts

    2. Difficulties seeing things from someone else’s perspective

    3. Aversions or attractions to lights, sounds, touch, vestibular, proprioceptive, etc. <-- CORRECT

    4. Difficulties in intellectual ability

  6. Why is it important to analyze/investigate unusual behaviors?

___Behaviors should be seen as a method of communication. Getting to the root cause of the behavior is key to helping the client.  Changes in behavior can indicate things like pain, hunger, sleepiness, sensory issues, etc. _______


7. Important accommodations for autistic individuals in healthcare include [select all that apply]

  1. Use of concrete/literal language                   <-- CORRECT

  2. Limiting visitors/caregiver involvement

  3. Monitoring environmental sensory input   <-- CORRECT

  4. Giving lengthy verbal explanations

  5. Maintaining close body proximity

  6. Using social narratives or video modeling  <-- CORRECT

  7. Extra time and patience                                  <-- CORRECT

8. Rewrite the following statement into more concrete language: “I just need to grab this vital sign; it will take me a second”


Example: "I will check your blood pressure using this cuff."

9. The Incredible 5-point scale is primarily used to:

  1. assess the patient’s level of consciousness

  2. assess/communicate the caregiver’s frustration with the patient

  3. assess/communicate an individual’s emotional regulation                <-- CORRECT

  4. assess/communicate an individual’s ability to process verbal language

10. List a minimum of 3 ways you can help accommodate patients on the autism spectrum in your own clinical environment


Allow caregivers to remain, if patient desires

Provide developmentally appropriate teaching

Provide sunglasses when bright lights are needed

Minimize alarms/ audio interruptions

Write the day's schedule on the white board

Arrange for a quiet waiting area

Provide warnings before transitions

Use visual aids

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