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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 563: ASD: Medical Issues and Trends
(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructor: Karen Hurlbutt, Ph.D.

Fall and Spring Semesters

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This is the final required course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) offered by the University of North Dakota. Its central purpose is to examine the role and future of medicine and medically oriented interventions for persons with ASD. Included in the course are discussions of issues related to conducting wellness examinations with persons with ASD, medication treatments available currently and those currently being studied. (Prerequisites are SPED 560 Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and SPED 561 Methods for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.)

Topics to include:

ASD: A Neurobiological Disorder?
ASD: A Genetic Disorder?
Comprehensive Treatment Approaches
Role of Psychopharmacotherapy
Future Treatment Considerations
Wellness Medical Examinations: Issues and Skills
Collaboration with Family Members and Other Caregivers

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 view assigned 60-minute class lectures via the internet, read assigned reading(s), and participate in threaded discussions on related topics.

Course assignments:

Students are required to participate in discussion threads on topics posted by the instructor throughout the semester. In addition, the course requires an independent project.

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:

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For additional information:

Should you wish more information about this course, please contact Karen Hurlbutt (

The University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND 58202
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