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EducationSensory IntegrationDiagnostic EvaluationAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Information & Overview of ASD

This module provides an overview of the course and of Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASD. You will learn the definition of this spectrum disorder (and why it's considered a spectrum of disorders), how autism is diagnosed, the core areas of impairment, the process for qualifying for special services, and the statistics that show that the diagnosis rate of autism spectrum disorders is increasing.

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7 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Why is Autism a Spectrum Disorder?4m
How to Qualify for Special Education Services3m
What are the Impacts of Increasing Rates of Autism?12m
Summary48s
1 reading
Suggested Activity: Visit the Autism Speaks ASD Video Glossary10m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Developmental Differences in Autism Across the Lifespan

This module discusses how autism spectrum disorders affect development at different life stages. The importance of early identification is discussed, as are common indicators of autism in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and K-12 students. Finally, you will learn about the challenges individuals with autism spectrum disorders face as they approach adulthood, as well as tips to help smooth the transition.

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9 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
What are Indicators of ASD in Preschoolers?3m
What are Indicators of ASD in K-12 Students?4m
What Happens After High School?8m
How to Transition to Work7m
What are Some Helpful Tips for Finding Work?6m
Summary1m
1 reading
Suggested Activity: Interview a Parent of a Child with ASD10m
1 practice exercise
Week 224m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses

In this module, you will learn about strengths and weaknesses amongst people on the autism spectrum, especially as these pertain to learning differences. Theory of Mind (ToM) is also discussed and how the lack of or delays in ToM can lead to various social and relationship challenges for people on the autism spectrum.

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6 videos (Total 32 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
What is Theory of Mind?5m
How can Strengths and Passions be Leveraged?3m
Summary39s
1 reading
Suggested Activity: Watch HBO Documentary "Temple Grandin" (2010)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 310m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Understanding Sensory Regulation Differences

In this module, we focus on sensory issues that people on the autism spectrum experience. Particularly, you will learn about hyper and hypo reactivity, body awareness and balance issues, and how these sensory difficulties can sometimes manifest themselves into strong emotional and behavioral reactions, including the importance of prevention and teaching self-advocacy and coping strategies.

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6 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
What Senses Relate to Body Awareness and Balance?4m
How do Sensory Difficulties Relate to Emotional and Behavioral Reactions?2m
Summary27s
1 reading
Suggested Activity: Sensory Overload Experience10m
1 practice exercise
Week 410m
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Top reviews from Autism Spectrum Disorder

By MFFeb 14th 2016

Very interesting and informative. I taught children with special needs for 33 years. I think this course would be very helpful to new teachers and anyone interested in learning basic info on ASD.

By KSSep 15th 2017

Loved the videos, lots of good material. Wish there had been more discussion, but I was so busy, I might not have been able to participate very much. Overall helpful and useful in my profession.

Instructor

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Patricia Schetter

Project Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Davis MIND Institute

About University of California, Davis

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