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EDU 103: Autistic Learner and Assistive Technology

Course Description

This course provides students with current information on Autism and on how to embed assistive technology in student learning plans. Strategies to work with students with autism and to use assistive technology for all students will be discussed. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional standards, Levels 1-3. Students are provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of working with students with behavioral difficulties. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Summarize the characteristics of autism, including current statistics regarding individuals with autism.
  2. Describe strategies to assist students with autism to learn, as well as the role of paraprofessionals in supporting these students in the general education and special education classrooms.
  3. Explain how paraprofessionals can work as a member of a team when working with students with autism.
  4. List the types of assistive technology.
  5. Identify practices that a paraprofessional can use to increase the use of assistive technology in the learning process.
  6. Describe augmentative communication and list ways that it can be integrated into the classroom, home and community.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

32%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6)

20%

Classroom Observation, Verification & Reflection Form (Week 5)

20%

Visit to assistive technology lab and report (Week 7)

10%

Final Paper (Week 8)

18%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Cormier, Carolann. (2014). Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN-13: 9781495353154

Additional Requirements

Details posted in the Course Content section of the course

  • Access to an educational setting and an assistive technology lab for observation.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topic: Overview of Autism

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Autism Overview

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapter 1
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 1 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Begin looking for classroom to observe for week 5 assignment and set up a visit to an assistive technology lab in week 7

2

2

Topic: Overview of Assistive Technology

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Austim: Systemic Instruction and Communication

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism- Chapter 2
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 2 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Complete Quiz

3

2,3

Topics: AT and Students with Autism

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Austim Social Skills and Naturalistic Interventions

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism- Chapter 3
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 3 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Complete Quiz

4

2,3,6

Topics: AT for Communication and Visual Supports

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Sensory and Access to General Education Curriculum

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapters 4 & 5
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 4 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Complete Quiz

5

2

Topic: AT for Reading and Writing

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Access to the General Education Curriculum

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapters 6 & 7
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 5 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Submit Observation, Verification and Reflection

6

4,5

Topic: AT for Math

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Overview of Assistive Technology

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapter 8
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 6 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Complete Quiz

7

4,5

Topic: AT for Executive Functioning and Computer Access

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Assistive Technology in the School

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapters 9 & 10
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 7 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Submit AT Visitation Report

8

2,3,5,6

Topics: AT for Transition and Implementation of AT

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Augmentative Alternative Communication

Readings:

  • Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism - Chapters 11 & 12
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 8 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions (2)
  • Submit Final Paper
    You will use a performance rating sheet in the course documents folder to score your paper and then send in the completed rating sheet and your paper to the instructor by Sunday 5:00 PM.
  • Complete course evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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