Differential diagnosis: distinguishing autism from other neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions
This course explores a range of differential diagnoses relevant in diagnostic assessments for autism across the lifespan.
Students will learn to identify and describe features of autism that may overlap with other neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. They will also develop the knowledge and skills to identify and explain some of the ways in which autism may be distinguished from other conditions.
Upon successful completion, you'll receive:
- Two PD Points - stackable for unspecified academic credit in award courses
- A Certificate of Achievement
- A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
- Delivery mode
- Start date
- 14 April 2023
- 12 weeks
- 50 hours
- Academic Lead
- Dr Lauren Taylor and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
- $660 inc. GST
- Critical information summary
- PSYCM516 Differential diagnosis: distinguishing autism from other neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions [PDF 243KB]
Identify key differential diagnoses to be considered in diagnostic assessments for autism across the lifespan
Identify and describe features of autism that may overlap with other neurodevelopmental and/or mental health conditions
Demonstrate knowledge of, and explain some of the ways in which, professionals might distinguish autism from other neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions
Why study this course?
This short course will provide future students who are interested in autism assessment and diagnosis with the opportunity to gain a University (micro)credential to recognise their learning. The course provides a unique opportunity for a range of professionals to enhance their knowledge of, and improve their skills in, differential diagnoses in autism diagnostic assessments.
Recommended prior knowledge
It is recommended that students have English competence (ideally Year 12 English level), and some direct experience working with children, adolescents and/or adults in a professional setting (e.g., school, mental health service, youth service).
Who should study this course?
This unit will be of interest and value to a range of professionals and other stakeholders, such as allied health professionals (e.g., practicing psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and social workers), as well as medical professionals (e.g., GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists), who may work with people who may be autistic and/ or who contribute to autism diagnostic assessments in the course of their practice.
Professionals who work with and support children, adolescents and adults across settings (e.g., child health nurses, school counsellors, mental health practitioners, youth workers) may also be interested in this unit.
What's next after this course?
Students who enrol in all seven of the microcredentials relating to autism assesment and diagnosis (PSYCM510, PSYCM511, PSYCM512, PSYCM514, PSYCM515, and PSYCM516), which comprise PSYC5520 and PSYC5521, may be eligible to apply for, and if selected, enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (GCAD; course code: 70230).
After enrolling in the GCAD and successfully completing all 7 of these micro-credentials, students who receive credit towards the GCAD, which will equip students with the advanced knowledge and applied skills required to contribute to multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments for autism.