SPLP 6008 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Pre-requisites: None

This course is designed to present the characteristics and learning needs of children on the autistic spectrum. Communication, cognitive, behavioural, and social issues of children with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Development Disorder will be discussed. Students will be familiarized with the role of the speech-language pathologist in assisting educators with strategies for managing these students in their classrooms as well as for helping students on the autism spectrum navigate the social word of peers. Instruction will include ideas on providing visual structure and strategies for dealing with behavioural/social issues that are common to students on the autistic spectrum. The importance of supporting parents when faced with their children’s communicative and behavioural challenges as well as early and effective “wrap around” services will be discussed. This course will be appropriate for all levels of educators.

ASHA Standards:
Standard IV C—Social Aspects of Communication
Standard IV C—Cognitive Aspects of Communication
Standard IV C—Augmentative Alternative Communication
Standard V B—(2) Intervention: Plans and Collaboration

SLAATT Scope of Practice:
Cognitive-Communication Intervention
Severe Communication Impairment Intervention
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Intervention
Consultation

Readings: TBA