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Characteristics Of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This introductory course is designed to assist educators in developing strategies and techniques to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This class is designed to familiarize teacher candidates with the complexity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provide the theoretical background and practical instructional strategies needed for working with students with ASD. Participants will gain a better understanding of key issues related to inclusive practices, such as how to achieve in the academic success, adjust to behavioral challenges, as well as foster communication and social-perceptual thinking skills.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. 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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    The Development of Communication and Sensory Integration

    • Identify communication profiles of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Summarize foundational and prerequisite skills that students with ASD need for communication.
    • Analyze the effect of responses to sensory stimuli and the manifestation of repetitive or stereotyped patterns of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Describe foundational sensory challenges of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Applied Behavior Analysis

    • Coordinate behavioral data between home and school.
    • Apply interventions incorporating ABA: discrete trial instruction, incidental teaching, and pivotal response training.
    • Summarize theoretical frameworks underlying applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of ABA interventions and myths surrounding (ABA).


    • Collect and analyze multiple sources of data across settings to assess and monitor individual learning, development, and overall progress.
    • Construct profiles of strengths, challenges and emergent potential across core domains of learning and development.
    • Describe formal and informal assessment tools and techniques.

    Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Analyze current and emerging practices and service delivery models designed to meet the social and academic needs of students with ASD.
    • Describe characteristics associated with ASD.
    • Categorize early indicators, diagnostic tools, etiology, and prevalence of ASD.
    • Compare historical and theoretical foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with current state and federal definitions of ASD.

    Teaching Academic and Functional Skills

    • Identify visual and technical supports to enhance verbal interactions and task completion for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Identify evidence-based practices for accommodations, modifications, and specific routines, and structures to support improved outcomes of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Associate technology that enhances learning with academic and functional skills necessary for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Development and Social-Relational Approaches

    • Justify why it is important to facilitate play with peers when working with young children.
    • Describe the effective strategies that are typically used in a social-pragmatic approach to working with children with ASD.
    • Explain the role of cognition development and sociocultural influences in students with ASD.
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