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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 590:  Assessment with students with ASD

(2 credit hours, graduate)

Instructor:  Shannon Grave, M.Ed.

Fall Semester

University of North Dakota

This is an elective course in the sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) offered by the University of North Dakota.  Its central focus is on assessing the ongoing needs and strengths of students with ASD in order to plan successful interventions in further differentiating instruction.  Completion of  SPED 560:  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders is a pre-requisite.

Topics to include:

Initial assessment
Ongoing assessment
Assessing social skills
Assessing communication skills
Assessing behavior
Tracking student progress
Effectively communicating and interpreting student progress
Integrating results of ongoing assessment in order to program plan and modify approaches as needed

Potential Participants:

General and special educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, social workers, parents/caregivers, and other related fields.

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, students will view an assigned lecture up to 60 minutes in length via the internet, review assigned readings, and review short video clips via the course website as assigned.  Participants will actively participate in either a weekly 45-minute live chat session or through the use of threaded asynchronous discussions to discuss the materials for a particular week.  The exact schedule indicating the use of chat or discussion threads will be indicated on the course syllabus for each week throughout the semester.  The instructor will assign students to chat sessions during the first week of class.  Every effort will be made to schedule chat sessions around participant’s work schedules.  By assigning students to consistent chat sessions, increased collaboration is further facilitated and encouraged.   

Course assignments:

Participants are required to attend chat sessions and to participate in assigned discussion threads on topics posted by the instructor throughout the semester.  In addition, the course requires two independent projects. Participants will thoroughly review an assessment tool and prepare a Wiki on its use with students who have or are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Participants will demonstrate competencies in ongoing assessment through the use of an assessment tool, checklist, and/or progress monitoring documentation to demonstrate competencies in tracking and communicating student progress and then through development of a plan for altering educational strategies as needed.        

Course registration deadline:


Projected cost:


To register:

Click here for registration information.

For additional information:

Should you wish more information about this course, please contact Shannon Grave (shannon.grave@


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