Training Physical Therapists in Early ASD Screening

Ayelet Ben-Sasson, Osnat Atun-Einy, Gal Yahav-Jonas, Shimona Lev-On, Tali Gev

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Physical therapists (PTs) are often one of the first professionals to evaluate children at risk. To examine the effect of an early screening training on pediatric PTs’: (1) knowledge of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (2) clinical self-efficacy, and (3) identification of markers. Twenty-six PTs participated in a 2-day “Early ASD Screening” workshop. The ASD Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Questionnaire, and video case study analysis were completed pre- and post-training. Changes following training were significant for ASD knowledge related to etiology and learning performance, early signs, risk factors, and clinical self-efficacy. Rating the videoed case study after the training, was significantly more accurate than it was before. Training PTs is important for enhancing early identification of ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3926-3938
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018

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  • ASD
  • Early screening
  • Healthcare providers
  • Knowledge
  • Physical therapy
  • Self-efficacy
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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