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SED 841 Autism: Theory and Practice

This course investigates pertinent issues related to autism spectrum disorders and deals with the nature and dynamics of autism in relation to school, community, and home environments.  Topics include definition and symptoms, family and professional relationships, behavior, multi-faceted treatment strategies, and constructive IEP/inclusion goals and objectives. Field component. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, PDE-6004 required. Session M1. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. 3 credits.

SED 842 Autism Strategies Developing Social Competence

The course investigates information processing and sensory anomalies, language development and communication strategies, pragmatics, augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC), social skills deficits and approaches for teaching social skills to students with ASD. Field component. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, PDE-6004 required. Session M2. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED 841. 3 credits.

SED 843 Autism: Applied Behavior Analysis

This course investigates basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Topics include an historical perspective concerning the application of ABA with individuals with autism/PDD, discrete trial analysis of verbal behavior (e.g., Skinner), and direct instruction. Empiricism in educational settings, reinforcement, stimulus control, punishment, prompting, fading, task analysis, generalization and maintenance.  Issues affecting persons with autism and their families are addressed, including functional analysis of behavior, sleeping, eating, toileting/grooming, and determining the credibility of treatment approaches. Application of ABA principles to group/classroom settings. Field component. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, PDE-6004 required. Session M3. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED 842. 3 credits. 

SED 844 Autism: Assessment, Curriculum, & Transitions

This course investigates instruments of screening, diagnosis, and identification of specific skills in developmental diagnosis, as well as assessment techniques for identification of skills in developmental domains, such as sensory, oral-motor, play, and communication/language. Students practice analyzing assessment results and developing practical strategies detailing what to teach based on assessment results. The course gives an overview of curricular approaches/materials available and routinely used with individuals on the autism spectrum. Students learn about long-term program planning (including collaboration with families and service providers, program planning for life transitions, and career/vocational goals). Field component. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, PDE-6004 required. Session M4. Online asynchronous and synchronous components. Prerequisite: SED843. 3 credits.