Course DescriptionThe course focuses on the diagnosis, assessment, and intervention of children with autism. Various methods of behavioral assessment (e.g., descriptive assessment, functional analysis) are delineated and used to teach course participants how to select appropriate behavioral intervention strategies. Specifically, students are taught to use, organize, and interpret behavioral data to enhance the social validity and contextual support of interventions used and outcomes for behavioral interventions; identify measurable intervention strategies for teaching communication, spontaneous language, and social skills; design environments that enhance maintenance and generalization of skills and reduce the need for long-term behavior support; and modify intervention strategies based on data informing clinicians how children with autism are responding to treatment.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Define diagnoses and prognoses
- Discuss and apply educational and behavioral teaching models
- Apply tools/strategies for parent involvement, including addition of cultural variables
- Conduct a literature review on an Autism Spectrum Disorder and integrate this information into a well-organized final project
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Applied Behavior Analysis : Required Course (24 units)