Autism Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

AUT 320
Foundations of Development in Autism
4 credits
Situates contemporary understandings of autism in multiple fields. Analyzes research in multiple developmental domains. Studies the autism spectrum ranging from profound to mild, often mixed in any one individual. Explores the emergence of expert-advocates with autism and their families, of self-reports across the life-span, and of myriad cultural depictions. Counts as an Advanced Human Development course for the following Human Development majors: Child, Family and Culture; Counseling Psychology; and Developmental Psychology. Prerequisite: One semester of HGD and HDP 290 Children with Special Needs (may be taken concurrently). Advanced.

AUT 321
Family Community and Interprofessional Collaboration
4 credits
Explores impact of persons with autism spectrum disorder on family development. Highlights benefits of including people with autism and family members as life-long participants, experts, and partners of the diagnostic/intervention team. Examines efforts to implement advocacy in service of community and policy change. Analyzes cases of collaboration in service delivery. Prerequisites: HDP 290 Children with Special Needs AND AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism. Advanced.

AUT 322
Assessment and Intervention in Autism
4 credits
Reviews the process of screening fro and diagnosing Autism. Discusses evidence-based practices. Studies intervention designed to promote children’s communication and social skills and to address challenging behaviors. Explores instructional strategies used in educational settings for children with Autism and how to collaborate with parents and families. Prerequisite: AUT 320. Advanced.

AUT 350
Advanced Study in Autism
4 credits
Employs cross-disciplinary perspective to address current and emerging issues of evaluation, research, policy, and advocacy related to individuals with autism and families across the lifespan in home, school, communities. Students will study multidisciplinary research and policy literature and complete a comprehensive project for presentation to the College and/or professional community. Corequisite: AUT 322 Assessment and Intervention, or AUT 321 Family Community and Interprofessional Collaboration in Autism. Advanced.

AUT 510
Fundamentals of Autism
3 credits
Employs cross-disciplinary perspective to address issues of evaluation, research, policy, and advocacy related to individuals with autism and families across the lifespan in home, school, and communities. Study empirical literature regarding the diagnostic criteria, biological and genetic influences, and an overview of evidence-based practice as treatment for autism.

AUT 520
Autism: Interventions and Supports
3 credits
Reviews effective evidence-based practices for individuals with autism, matches individuals’ strengths and needs for practices. Emphasizes assessing, implementing and evaluating appropriate interventions and support for children with social and communication challenges. Underscores recognizing the diversity of individuals with autism and the importance of positive psychology in improving their quality of life and learning outcomes. Prerequisite: AUT 510.

AUT 530
Autism: Positive Behavior supports
3 credits
Examines effective practices for assessing and supporting challenging behavior for individuals with autism. Positive behavioral interventions and supports are emphasized and the functional behavioral assessment and analysis process will be covered in detail. There is a focus on prevention, the use of selfmanagement techniques and teaching socially appropriate behavior. Prerequisite: AUT 510.

AUT 540
Autism: Social and Communication Skills
3 credits
Explores social and communication issues for individuals with autism and the range of needs that align with their individual characteristics. Students will learn to observe skills and deficits and to conduct social and communication assessments. Students will develop techniques for understanding and working with individuals with autism and their families.

 

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