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Course Description

 


 

This is an overview of autism spectrum disorders and will examine the psychological, physiological, social, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Rett's disorder, Asperger's syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. 

The first half of this course will focus on definition, diagnosis, causes, intervention and program planning. The second half of this course will examine specific intervention strategies (involving ABA. TEAACH Model, and Self-Regulation). The last few lessons will also instruct on how to create learning goals, short term and long-term objectives, the IEP form and creating a lesson plan for students with Autism.

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Course Goals:

 

  By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

1.    The definition and characteristics of learners with autism spectral disorders
 
1. Causes and prevalence of autism

3.    Assessment and education placement options for individuals who are considered in need of special education services 

4.    Intervention strategies

5.    How to create learning goals and objectives

6.    Become familiar with the IEP form

7.    Become familiar with the process of creating a lesson plan for students with Autism

 

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading and writing level.

Course Goals and Objectives

 

Course Goals:

      By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

1.    The definition and characteristics of learners with autism spectral disorders

2.    Causes and prevalence of autism

3.    Assessment and education placement options for individuals who are considered in need of special education services 

4.    Intervention strategies

5.    How to create learning goals and objectives

6.    Become familiar with the IEP form

7.    Become familiar with the process of creating a lesson plan for students with Autism

 

Course Objectives:

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Definition and Characteristics of Autism

Lesson 3: Causes of Autism

Lesson 4: Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism

Lesson 5: How to Write Instructional Objectives

Lesson 6: How to Write Long Term Goals 

Lesson 7: How to Write an IEP

Lesson 8: How to Write a Scripted Lesson Plan

Lesson 9: Types of Intervention Strategies
 
Lesson 10: ABA and Positive Behavior Supports

Lesson 11: TEACCH Model

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course is divided into 11 lessons. At the end of each lesson will be an  assignment based on the lesson material.  There will be a mid-term and final exam each worth 100 points A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize and describe the characteristics of learners with autism spectral disorders.
  • Describe the causes and prevalence of autism.
  • Describe the diagnosis and assessment of autism.
  • Demonstrate writing short-term objectives and long-term goals.
  • Demonstrate writing an IEP.
  • Demonstrate writing a Scripted Lesson Plan.
  • Describe various types of intervention strategies.
  • Describe ABA and Positive Behavior Support systems.
  • Define the TEAACH Model, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 2 Assignment: ASD Fact Sheet25
Lesson 3 Assignment: Causes of Autism25
Lesson 4 Assignment: Diagnosis and Assessment of a Case Study10
Mid-Term Exam75
Lesson 5 Assignment: Instructional Objectives10
Lesson 6 Assignment: STOs and Long Term Goals30
Lesson 7: Write an IEP50
Lesson 8 Assignment: Scripted Lesson Plan50
Lesson 10 Assignment: What Can You Use in Your Classroom?25
Lesson 11 Assignment: Debate a Strategy20
Final Exam100
Total Points:421

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