Understanding Autism Minor
New findings indicate that autism affects an average of one in 110 children in the United States. Characterized by a wide range of symptoms that affect a child's social interaction and communication, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is gaining prominence as numbers of those affected appear to be growing rapidly and studies show complex, interrelated causes.
This minor will give you the skills and knowledge to begin to understand the evolving field of autism, as well as to be acquainted with the latest research and educational and legislative policies regarding this exceptionality.
This innovative minor will give you an understanding of the cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical aspects of individuals with ASD, as well as a fuller appreciation for the personal stories of people with autism. As part of your coursework, you'll explore current research-based interventions, teaching methodologies, services, and programs that enable people with autism to communicate and participate fully in their lives. This program addresses a growing need and is a natural extension of Wheelock's longstanding mission of improving the lives of children and families.
Understanding Autism is a 16-credit professional minor that is open to all Wheelock undergraduates. It complements Wheelock's professional majors in education, child life, social work, and juvenile justice and youth advocacy, as well as the major in psychology and human development. An important part of the program is an individually designed research project, which will consider the needs of a child with autism and his/her family in a variety of settings that can include home, school, community settings, and hospitals.
Required Courses (4 credits each):
AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism
AUT 322 Assessment and Intervention in Autism
AUT 260 Family Community and Interprofessional Collaboration in Autism
AUT 350 Advanced Study in Autism
Boston-area schools and organizations are eager to arrange site visits and other partnerships with students in the Understanding Autism program. Wheelock will facilitate and encourage such partnerships.
This program gives students from a variety of disciplines a foundations to understand autism and prepares them to be effective advocates for individuals with autism across the lifespan and in a variety of professional settings.