AEX1820X Assessment and Behavioral Applications in Autism

Lead Faculty: Dr. Kay Dee Caywood

Course Description

This course focuses on the empirical bases for the assessment and treatment of autism. The research literature supporting the efficacy of behaviorally based (Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA) approaches in the treatment of autism is unequivocal. This course will provide the student with an overview of the ABA approach to treating autism, and how ABA fits within an overall treatment paradigm for autism. The involvement of schools, agencies, and various professionals will be covered.

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:

  • Describe the types of assessment procedures that yield information that is directly related to the design and evaluation of effective treatment programs students on the autism spectrum.
  • Articulate the basic behavioral principles and procedures for improving the behavior of persons diagnosed as autistic.
  • Describe the important aspects of determining what behavior management programs are effective for the individual child according to how (s)he fits within the autism spectrum disorder continuum.
  • Describe strategies used to facilitate integration in the general classroom while incorporating behavior management programs with those on the autism spectrum.
  • Describe strategies for crisis prevention and intervention used for students on the autism spectrum.
  • Describe the qualifications and training necessary for support staff in teaching children on the autism spectrum.
  • Describe legal issues apparent in the use of behavior management for those in public education and other public agencies in the treatment of those on the autism spectrum.