Integrative Pediatric Neurology: ADHD & Autism (2021-2023)

The prevalence of ADHD and autism have skyrocketed over the past couple decades. In 2016, an estimated 6.1 million children in the United States were diagnosed with ADHD, a prevalence of 9.46%. 3.8 million of these children were taking a stimulant medication such as Ritalin (CDC, 2018). This is up from 150,000 in 1970 and less than a million as recently as 1990. There is no biological explanation for such variation, indicating the very powerful effect of socioeconomic, political, educational, or other factors in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

Families who are apprehensive about the side effects of medications for pediatric neurological disorders are turning to integrative medicine for options. Children with ADHD or autism can respond well to personalized care that emphasizes diet, nutrients, gut health, and environmental factors. This course emphasizes the need for health professionals who treat ADHD to become familiar with the various integrative treatments which are available and to be able to counsel parents effectively concerning these treatments. Pediatric providers will benefit from exploring evidence-based integrative options to complement pharmacologic and cognitive behavioral treatments.

Course objectives:

  • Evaluate risks and benefits of integrative approaches for the treatment of ADHD and autism.
  • Review current literature for diagnosis and treatment options for ADHD and autism.

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.


  1. Introduction to ADHD - Discussion of ADHD diagnosis, neurobiology and increase in the diagnosis of ADHD.
  2. Treatment Approaches to ADHD - Conventional and Integrative treatments for ADHD are reviewed.
  3. The Integrative Approach to Autism - Discussion of increase in diagnosis, environmental exposures as possible causes and conventional and integrative treatments.
  4. Exam
  5. Evaluation

Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses.


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Integrative Pediatric Neurology: ADHD & Autism
Disclosure & Credit Information



ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 10 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: 11/23/19 to 11/22/2021

Most Recent Review by Author: 11/23/2019

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Faculty / Authors

Sanford Newmark, MD; Director of Clinical Programs, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Clinical Programs in Integrative Medicine Integrative Pediatrician, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Planning Committee

Vivian Kominos, MD; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Arizona; Vice-Chair, the American Board of Integrative Medicine

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Director of the Fellowship, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Arizona


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