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Grand Forks, ND

SPED 566: ASD: Intensive Early Intervention

(2 credit hours, graduate)

  Instructors: Kari Chiasson, Ed.D., & Carol Johnson, Ph.D., M.S. SLP/CCC

Fall Semester

University of North Dakota

Enrollment very limited.

This is an elective course in the sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) birth to age six. Topics addressed will include basic characteristics of children with ASD birth to age six, the developmental implications for these children and their families, and research supported early interventions utilizing a family centered approach with an emphasis on natural learning opportunities. (Prerequisite: T&L 560 Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders, 2 credit hours, graduate, and T&L 561 Methods for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, 2 credit hours, graduate, or permission of instructor.)

Topics to include:

Characteristics of children with ASD birth to age six
Early identification of children birth to age six
Developmental profiles of children with ASD birth to age six
Identification & assessment policies & procedures in early intervention
Collaboration between parents and professionals
Current issues & trends in early intervention (e.g., vaccinations)

Potential participants:

Graduate students in one of the following fields: education, special education, communication disorders, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pre-medicine, nursing, social work, adaptive physical education, recreation therapy, music therapy, or a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder

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 Instructors will schedule chat groups during the first week of class. Every effort will be made to schedule chat groups 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 related to the focus of this course. Students will create a project proposal to the instructors for approval. The independent project will be mailed to the instructor.

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To register:

Click here for registration information.

For additional information:

Should you wish more information about this course, please call Kari Chiasson at the University of North Dakota at 1-r (701) 777-3236 or e-mail her at or Carol Johnson at (701) 777-0612 or e-mail her at



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