AEX1810X Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Lead Faculty: Dr. Kay Dee Caywood

Course Description

This course introduces the history and terms that explain the parameters of teaching students with the ASD classification. A review of the law and rights of parents as well as issues regarding service and specialized programs are included. Using clinical and research-based exploration, the student will develop an understanding of what is needed to provide a successful teaching environment for students that fall within the spectrum.

Length: Eight weeks
Cost: $525

To register for this class contact Extended Learning at 1-800-NAT-UNIV ext. 8600.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define and describe major models, theories, and philosophies that have formed the basis for thinking regarding those identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Identify the laws and legislation in state and federal litigation as it relates to screening, assessment, educational placement, behavior management, and educational programming for those with ASD.
  • Identify and be able to discuss the issues in definition and identification of individuals with ASD, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Identify characteristics of typical and atypical human growth and development in relationship to those with ASD and related disorders.
  • Describe the effects that ASD can have on an individual's life from early onset through adulthood and discuss the importance of lifelong professional development as it is related to remaining current regarding research-validated practices in working with those with ASD and their families.
  • Discuss a variety of social skills programs that are appropriate in teaching those with ASD across educational and other environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct on-going self-evaluation of instruction and interaction with families and other professionals in the field of working with those with ASD.