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Special Education (SPLED)

SPLED 461 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues and Concerns (3) Overview of issues, characteristics, and evidenced-based assessment strategies, and approaches for individuals with autism/PDD.

SPLED 461 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues and Concerns (3)

This course will center on working with individuals having Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) in educational and related settings. Topics include an overview of characteristics and diagnosis, ethical issues in treatment, assessment, the use of science in treatment approaches, working effectively with families, and strategies for successful inclusion of students with ASD/PDD in integrated settings. Course content will be delivered through DVD lectures, and required as well as supplemental readings. Evaluation procedures will include on line multiple-choice exams. The course will be changed to assess students through 6 (v.4) online multiple choice exams. Multiple choice format offers immediate feedback to students. To ensure assessment of applications skills, exams will include case studies in which students must apply skills to areas such as child assessment, data analysis, and strategies for working effectively with parents.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: EDPSY 010 orEDPSY 014 or equivalent or admission into the Professional Development Certificate in Autism or relevant child development course

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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