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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programs

A guide to resources at Fontbonne University's Jack C. Taylor Library for Autism Spectrum Disorders and related fields.

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CTE 507* Studies in Autism Spectrums Disorders (3 hours)

This course is an overview of the nature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from infancy through adulthood including diverse manifestations of the condition from mild to severe. Historical roots, definitions, current research, and policy supports will be addressed. Critical issues impacting individuals with ASD such as social deficits, communication disorders, sensory processing and behavioral differences are also explored. Theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practices that support the learning and development of individuals with ASD will be presented. Ten hours of field experience are included.

 CTE 508 ASD: Communication and Social Competence (3 hours)

This course addresses language development and communication strategies focusing on characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Issues unique to the population will be addressed, such as pragmatics and other communication deficits, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and social deficits. Use of case studies will be a method for integrating areas of study.

CTE 509 ASD: Behavioral Supports (3 hours)

The course content includes theories and methods that support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to develop productive behavior control, self-regulation, and to function appropriately in groups. It includes an overview of behavior management theories and practices as they relate to clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This includes the principles of applied behavior analysis, principles of the social-cognitive approach, and Positive Behavior Supports. A focus will be on behavioral management process beginning with functional assessment through implementation of behavior interventions.  Evidenced-based interventions that support the learning and integration of these interventions into practice will be studied.  Case studies and examples of interventions will demonstrate use across subgroups.  Interventions will be considered as they relate to diversity, levels of need, and age span.

 CTE 510 ASD: Assessment and Evaluation (3 hours)

The course explores types of assessments used for screening and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Domains of cognitive, communication, and behavior are addressed along with other developmental areas such as sensory, oral, motor and play. A focus will be on utilizing diagnostic criteria and discerning information from evaluation reports. Importance of diversity will be included with consideration given to subtypes of ASD and cultural and ethnic variables.

 CTE 511 ASD: Teaching and Learning Strategies (3 hours)

This course focuses on evidence-based strategies that support individualized learning needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Comprehensive and integrated approaches are explored along with specific strategies that are included within various models.  The ways in which assessments contribute to designing and monitoring programs of instruction most suitable to the individual with ASD are addressed as well as progress monitoring and maintenance of meaningful data that apply to social/ communication, and academic growth.

* CTE 507 is a prerequisite for all CTE courses.


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