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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 561: Methods for Autistic Spectrum Disorders
(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructors: Shannon Grave, M.Ed.

Summer and Spring Semesters

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This methods course is the second of 6 interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorders offered by the University of North Dakota. Its central purpose is to review those programs and methods that are most commonly applied in practice with persons with ASD or are most frequently discussed in the professional literature base. (Prerequisite: SPED 560 Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders, 2 credit hours, graduate, or permission of instructor.)

Topics to include:

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Social Stories
Visual Schedules and Visual Strategies to Enhance Communication
Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Training
Cognitive Behavioral Methods
Sensory Integration
Psychopharmacologic Treatments
Dietary Treatments
Eden Programs

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 intervention 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 an independent project where participants work with a youngster with (or suspected of having) ASD or his or her family. The independent project will be mailed to the instructor.

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