Certificate in Autism

As many as 1 in 88 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and schools, hospitals, in-patient and out-patient clinics are overwhelmed by the needs of this population. This graduate certificate program gives social workers, educators, and child life specialists the skills they need to join teams of professionals who are developing and implementing intervention plans designed to build children's social and communication skills.

The four-course graduate Certificate in Autism program covers four key areas vital to working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

  • AUT 510: Fundamentals of Autism/3 credits
  • AUT 520 Autism: Intervention and Support/3 credits
  • AUT 530 Autism: Positive Behavior Supports/3 credits
  • AUT 540 Autism: Social and Communication Skills/3 credits

Wheelock's innovative graduate Certificate in Autism embraces an interdisciplinary approach that addresses specific gaps that exist between theory and practice in this evolving field. By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe warning signs of ASD.
  • Identify and describe indicators of high-quality behavioral, educational, vocational, and social programs for individuals with ASD.
  • Identify and apply indicators of diagnostic assessments.
  • Identify and refer clients/students and other key constituents (e.g. families) to reliable resources to obtain diagnostics and treatment.
  • Compose key descriptive information and other data to inform the development of educational and behavioral programs for individuals with ASD throughout the lifespan.
  • Identify and apply evidence-based interventions in data-based decision-making situations.

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