HONR 2010Q Honors Seminar: Autism Today

(B) Bachelors
(FH) Farquhar Honors College
(UHNR) Undergraduate Honors
4 credits

Through a combination of traditional lectures, guest speaker appearances, observations, and active participation experiences, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be explored through individuals, family members, and the personnel who support them. Beginning with a historical look at the recognition of this disorder, changes in the understanding of the disorder and diagnostic criteria over time, and the impact on prevalence rate, the course will then address issues in a variety of intervention approaches, their evidence base, and the decision making challenges faced by families across the lifespan. The course will be presented by professionals from a variety of disciplines to allow undergraduate students in the Honors College to experience autism from different viewpoints including. Assignments are designed to foster critical thinking and reflection on the experiences of individuals with autism, their families, and service providers. Satisfies general education requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Odd Year Winter. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the etiology, prevalence, and demographics of individuals with ASD.
  2. Identify and understand the purpose of specific assessments to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with ASD.
  3. Discuss strengths and weaknesses of current research-based treatment options including those with a strong evidence base, complementary and alternative treatments, and those that have poor evidence of efficacy.
  4. Observe and participate in evidence-based instructional strategies for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in real classrooms and clinics.
  5. Understand the difference between comprehensive intervention programs and targeted autism treatments.
  6. Show adequate knowledge of a variety of behavioral, communication and social supports for students with ASD, including the use of assistive technology.
  7. Complete an observation form and write a summary report based on a school observation of an individual with ASD, which includes the student’s communication use, prompting levels in a variety of tasks, social interaction skills, on/off-task behavior, and need for and use of reinforcement.
  8. Conduct an interview with a parent, relative or other caregiver; therapist; or teacher of an individual with ASD regarding his/her experiences related to his or her particular role in the life of an individual(s) with ASD and how these experiences add to the totality of the understanding of the impact of ASD from different perspectives.
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