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Diagnosis And Assessment Of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This course explores the causation, characteristics, and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participants learn how to collect data in a classroom for diagnosis referral. Participants also learn how assessment tools relate to Individualized Education Programs and program development for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This graduate-level course is 6 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

    • Identify the characteristics used in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.
    • Explain the current theories about the causation of autism spectrum disorders.
    • Explain the process of identifying students with autism spectrum disorders.


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    Assessment Issues and Controversies

    • Identify the ethical concerns of autism spectrum disorders’ assessment.
    • Identify local legal provisions, regulations, and guidelines for assessing autism spectrum disorders.

    Implication for Programming

    • Describe how a teacher can organize a classroom to collect data for assessment.
    • Identify the procedures for assessment and placement decisions.
    • Identify the effect of linguistic factors and the student’s type of autism spectrum disorders on assessment, eligibility, and programming.
    • Explain how effective ongoing assessment works.

    Implications for Placement

    • Identify components of an individualized education program.
    • Relate assessment to placement decisions.
    • Identify ethical concerns inherent in the placement of autism spectrum disorder students.
    • Identify social and communication interventions and programs.

    Assessment Support and Interpretation

    • Define basic assessment terminology.
    • Use observation forms for diagnosis referral and ongoing progress monitoring.
    • Identify key elements in an assessment report.
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