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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 560: Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders
(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructor: Carol Johnson, Ph.D.

Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This introductory course is the first of 6 interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorders offered by the University of North Dakota. Its central purpose is to introduce participants to the history, characteristics, and theory associated with the spectrum thereby enhancing their understanding of these disorders.

Topics to include:

Asperger's Syndrome
Pervasive Developmental Disorders not otherwise specified
Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment
Biological Issues
Theory of Mind
Effective Treatments

Potential participants:

General and special educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, parents, and others

Required technology:

Computer (Windows XP or Mac OS X or higher) with web access, real-internet access, and e-mail

Course delivery method:

Persons who enroll in this course will purchase a textbook. On a weekly basis, they will view assigned 60-minute class lectures via the internet, view related assessment demonstrations via the internet, read assigned reading(s), participate in a 45-minute live chat session, and participate in threaded discussions on related topics. (The Instructor will schedule chat sessions during the first week of class. Every effort will be made to schedule chat sessions around students' work schedules.)

Course assignments:

Students are required to attend 45-minute chat sessions once a week and to participate in discussion threads on topics posted by the instructor throughout the semester. In addition, the course requires a case study of a youngster with (or suspected of having) ASD. The case study will be mailed to the instructor.

Course registration deadline:


Projected cost:

Base Tuition $236.47/credit
Mandatory Fees $51.55/credit
Course Fee $50.00/credit
Total Per Credit $338.02/credit

*Subject to change without notice.

To register:

Click here for registration information.

For additional information:

Should you wish more information about this course, please contact Carol Johnson (


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