Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism


This course aims to provide an understanding of the Autism/Asperger spectrum, as well as providing resources useful to those who work in school and home.  Children and adults on the spectrum should be encouraged to develop talents that can be turned into job skills or hobbies.  Social interaction will develop through an interest that can be shared with other people. Emphasis should be given to areas of strength and not deficits.  Important topics covered are early education, sensory sensitivities, development of their talents, and mentors and teachers that can help.

2 Semester Credits, ED 501

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Learning Outcomes

As a result of participation in this, course, students should:

  • Develop an understanding of the history and future of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  • Develop an understanding of the diagnosis and behavior characteristics of autism spectrum disorders.

  • Learn of resources: knowledge, treatment and methods, benefits, services, funding and support systems.

  • Learn of resources for the family to address everyday living along with educational resources and assessment of abilities, IEP (Individualized Education Program).

  • Learn of preparation and resources for the child after school into adulthood.

  • Learn strategies and techniques that will help in working with Autistic children in the classroom.

Text:  Sicile-Kira, Chantal (2014)Revised. Autism Spectrum Disorders.  NY: Perigree Book.

Pamphlet: Department of Health and Human Services (2011). A Parents Guide to Autism Disorder. National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from:


Requirements of Participation

Class assignments and activities are designed to enhance students’ education and develop their skills in research, critical analysis, and academic writing.