New Autism minor to launch this fall

July 08, 2010

Amidst new findings that autism now affects 1 in 110 American children, Wheelock College will launch a new undergraduate minor called Understanding Autism this fall. Characterized by a wide range of symptoms that affect a child's social interaction and communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is gaining increasing national prominence as numbers of those affected appear to be growing rapidly and controversy surrounds the conflicting studies about its causes.

Students in the Understanding Autism minor will gain the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat the disorder, as well as conduct research and impact legislative policy on ASD. Topics covered will include the history of the disorder, evaluation of the disorder, beginning with infants and toddlers and the latest breakthroughs in treatment.

The new program is a fitting addition to Wheelock's programs, as the College is a national leader in preparing graduates to improve the lives of children and families. The minor is expected to appeal to students pursuing a variety of academic majors and career paths, including teaching, social work, child life, and juvenile justice and youth advocacy.

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