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)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explain the causes and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Describe major criteria for diagnosis of ASD and the educators’ role in identification.
- 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.
- Apply best practices in working collaboratively with families.
- Discuss the role of early childhood staff and ways to identify and support children with ASD in early childhood environments.
- Analyze and discuss academic, functional, communication, and social/behavioral skills and current intervention techniques used throughout a student’s educational career.
- Apply the different evidence-based approaches for educating students with ASD to a case study.
- Analyze the impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan and its implications for families.
- 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.
- Improve critical thinking skills as evidenced through written work and communication.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1, 3 & 7)
Family School/Program Collaboration Paper (Week 2)
Behavior Intervention Plan (Week 4)
ASD Observation Report and Verification (Week 5)
Assistive Technology Paper (Week 6)
Final Paper (Week 8)
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
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Overview of ASD
Topics: Family and School/Program Collaboration
Topic: Assessment, Instruction, and Applied Behavior Analysis
Topic: Behavior Interventions
Topics: Environmental Supports and Social Skills
Topics: Communication and Assistive Technology
Topics: Instruction and Functional Skills
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.