EDU 305: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Course Description

This course will provide information for educators on the causes, identification, and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis will be on the use of strategies and practices that will promote effective learning from early education programs to post education. Collaboration with families across the life span will be discussed as an essential component in the course. Requirement: Field Experience Hours: 1 hour. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the causes and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  2. Describe major criteria for diagnosis of ASD and the educators’ role in identification.
  3. Examine and discuss the school’s/program’s responsibility for identification and education of students with ASD and the collaboration with parents during the process.
  4. Apply best practices in working collaboratively with families.
  5. Discuss the role of early childhood staff and ways to identify and support children with ASD in early childhood environments.
  6. Analyze and discuss academic, functional, communication, and social/behavioral skills and current intervention techniques used throughout a student’s educational career.
  7. Apply the different evidence-based approaches for educating students with ASD to a case study.
  8. Analyze the impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan and its implications for families.
  9. Explain how the symptoms of ASD can impact transition to life out of high school, and describe what school/program personnel can do to support the transition and how they can work with families.
  10. Improve critical thinking skills as evidenced through written work and communication.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

15%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 3 & 7)

21%

Family School/Program Collaboration Paper (Week 2)

12%

Behavior Intervention Plan (Week 4)                             

12%

ASD Observation Report and Verification (Week 5)    

12%

Assistive Technology Paper (Week 6)

12%

Final Paper (Week 8)                                                      

16%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • LaBarbera, Robin (2019). Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Partnering with Families for Positive Outcomes. Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781506338866

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3,5

Topic: Overview of ASD

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 1

 

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Quiz

2

3,4,8,10

Topics: Family and School/Program Collaboration

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 2
      • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Family School/Program Collaboration Paper

3

2,4,6

Topic: Assessment, Instruction, and Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 4
      • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Quiz

4

6,7

Topic: Behavior Interventions

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 6
      • Chapter 7

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit BIP Assignment

5

6,7

Topics: Environmental Supports and Social Skills

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 8
      • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit ASD Observation Report and Verification

6

6,7

Topics: Communication and Assistive Technology

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 10

 

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit AT Paper
  • Begin working on your Final Paper

7

6,7

Topics: Instruction and Functional Skills

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 11
      • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Quiz
  • Continue working on your Final Paper

8

4,6,7,8,9,10

Topic: Transition

  • Reading:
    • Textbook
      • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Read assigned article(s)
  • View assigned video(s)
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Final Paper
  • 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.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.