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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 565: Methods for Students with Asperger Syndrome
(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructor: Karen Hurlbutt, Ph.D.

Spring and Summer Semesters

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This is an elective course in the sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) offered by the University of North Dakota. Its central focus is on students who function at the upper end of the spectrum. Thus it provides parents, teachers, and caregivers of individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) the knowledge necessary to work effectively with persons with AS across the lifespan. (Prerequisites are T&L 560 Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and T&L 561 Methods for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or the instructor's permission.)

Topics to include:

Asperger Syndrome
Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment
Biological Issues
Environmental Issues
Social Skills Interventions
Transition Planning
Lifelong Supports

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, 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 live 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) AS or his or her family. The independent project will be mailed to the instructor.

Course registration deadline:


Projected cost:


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 Karen Hurlbutt (


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