Oct 04, 2023  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SPED 8040 - Foundations and Characteristics of Autism

3 cr.

This course will explore the foundations and characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by introducing the history and range of theories associated with ASD through a historical context. Candidates will first examine various emotional and behavioral disorders in order to explore how autism is distinguished from other conditions, such as mental health issues. Candidates will examine the medical neurodevelopment and biological etiology, diagnostic criteria and the federal and special education laws while connecting these laws to components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that are pertinent to ASD. Instructional interventions for multiple settings including, but not limited to, supportive technology and other evidence-based approaches to assist students with educational practices, communication and behavior interventions will be addressed. The appropriate use of augmentative and alternative communication as well as various technological supports will be explored and included in the planning of all instructional programs. Includes a 25-hour field based experience.

Note: The state requires 150 field based experience hours, with a minimum of 75 hours in an inclusive setting with students with autism and 75 hours of additional experience in any type of school setting working with students with autism.

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