Niveau I, Module 22019-01-23T16:29:01+00:00

LEVEL I – Comprehensive course

Module 2

Definition and conceptualisation of autism

a) Main characteristics of autism according to DSM-5.

  • Signs of social communication deficits
  • Signs of restricted/repetitive behavior
  • Common issues associated with autism and comorbidities

b) Important features to keep in mind when working with autistic people.

c) The processes and tools for assessing autism.

d) The ‘Autism Checklist’ as a first step to signalling autism.

  • Questions within the checklist that can show if a child needs a follow-up referral

e) Current understanding of the causes of autism.
d) Common misconceptions about autism causes and treatments.

  • Vaccines
  • Gluten-free diets
  • Packing
  • Chelation
  • Bleach therapy
  1. Know the characteristics of autism.
  2. Better understand the screening and diagnosis process.
  3. Be aware of false beliefs that can be detrimental to autistic people.
  • Hervás, A. (2016). Un autismo, varios autismos. Variabilidad fenotípica en los trastornos del espectro autista.
  • Trastornos del Espectro del Autismo DSM 5. Criterios diagnósticos. Traducción de Rubén Palomo.
  • Rivière, Á. (2001). ¿Qué nos pediría un autista? Siglo Cero: Revista Española sobre Discapacidad Intelectual, 32(193), 40-41.
  • Fuentes-Biggi, J., Ferrari-Arroyo, M. J., Boada-Muñoz, L., Touriño-Aguilera, E., Artigas-Pallarés, J., Belinchón-Carmona, M. & Díez-Cuervo, A. (2006). Guía de buena práctica para el tratamiento de los trastornos del espectro autista. Rev Neurol, 43(7), 425-38.
  • Barthélémy, C., Fuentes, J., Howlin, P., Van Der Gaag, R. (2000). Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, understanding, intervention. Autism-Europe aisbl.
  • Position paper on care for people with autism :
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  • France’s Autism Treatment Shame. BBC News (2012).
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  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)T (2009):
    Available at:
  • The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud; T. S. Sathyanarayana Rao and Chittaranjan Andrade (2011):
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  • The management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum. NUCE (2014):
    Available at:
  1. Other links:
  • DSM 5
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  • Autism-Europe Diagnostic criteria for autism.
    Available at:
  • About autism. An explanation by Autism-Europe:
    Available at:
  • What is autism?: Video by the National Autistic Society:
  • Study: Gluten-free diet doesn’t improve autism symptoms; Autism Speaks (2015):
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The trainees have to make 3 theoretical-practical activities.

In addition, they must have to do a self-assessment test of 20 items, which that will be considered approved, provided that at least 75% of the questions are answered correctly.