AUT-501. Autism Diagnosis and Treatment
The course will include an historical overview of the diagnosis and treatment of Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Special education policies, procedures, IEP development, and ethical considerations will be addressed. A review of contemporary diagnostic tools and biological research will be presented. A special emphasis will be given to evidence-based treatment protocols. A 20-hour field experience is required.
AUT-502. Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism
This course will introduce the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with special consideration given to its applications to ASD and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Emphasis will be placed on positive behavioral supports, behavioral intervention plans (BIP), Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA), and error analysis. A review of outcome research in Early Intensive Behavior Intervention will be presented. A 20 hour field experience is required.
AUT-503. Autism Scope and Sequence
This course will present a review of past and present curricular approaches for students with ASD and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) including Asperger's Syndrome. Particular emphasis will be placed on ABA designs and visually mediated strategies, including ME, ABLLS, and VB-MAPP that address core language deficits and social competence. The role of specific augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC) will be discussed. A 20 hour field experience is required.
AUT-504. Advanced Autism Instruction and Intervention
This course will offer an in-depth examination of state-of-the-art instructional techniques and protocols for ASD and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Topics will include Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support Plans, Precision Teaching, Instructional Control, Classwide Behavior Plans, FloorTime, Sensory Integrative Approaches, and Direct Instruction. Materials from the statewide Verbal Behavior Project, TEACCH, and Competent Learner Models will be reviewed. A 20 hour field experience is required.