Screening for Autism in Pediatric Primary Care

This webinar will help the learner identify symptoms of autism in the pediatric population and identify validated and reliable screening tool that may be feasible to use in the primary care setting. The challenges of screening for autism in the primary care setting and solutions to improve screening rates will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be better able to:

  • Recall the red flags of autism spectrum disorder in the infant and toddler age group.
  • Review DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in the pediatric population. 
  • Identify valid and reliable autism spectrum screening tools for infants, toddlers, school age and adolescent age group. 
  • Discuss challenges, barriers, and potential strategies to incorporate autism spectrum disorder screening in the primary care setting. 


Presented by: Terri Matthews, PhD, APRN-NP, BCBA-D

Terri Mathews, MSN, PhDDr. Mathews is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Mathews received her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE; her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her doctoral degree in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mathews clinical specialty is child and adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Mathews joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2008.



Accredited Continuing Education

Jointly Accredited ProviderIn support of improving patient care, University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for 1.0 ANCC contact hour. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity.



Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation (TBHC) Primary Webinar Series:

Target Audience: This accredited continuing education activity is designed for primary care providers: physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in Nebraska.

The Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation Primary Care Webinar Series seeks to provide primary care providers (PCPs) with the tools they need to increase their confidence and competence in managing psychiatric and behavioral health concerns in primary care. 

At the conclusion of this webinar series the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify validated and reliable autism screening tools that may be feasible to use in the primary care setting.
  • Describe how to work with schools and use 504 plans
  • Discuss treatment of skin picking, tics, and Tourette's
  • Discuss best practices for managing common behavioral health issues in children, including anxiety depression and ADHD. 



Starts: Mar 21, 2023 12:00 pm
Ends: Mar 21, 2023 1:00 pm
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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