Autism Courses

SPHS 802: Problems in Speech and Hearing Sciences (Section 009) Autism Seminar
3 semester hours. Spring semester.
Cara McComish, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
This graduate level MS/SLP elective course is an introduction to issues related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and is intended to prepare future clinicians to understand and serve this unique population. Critical issues related to serving ASD populations will be covered, including diagnostic criteria, intervention options, multicultural considerations, collaboration with family and other professionals, and evidence-based practice. Specific strategies and guidelines will be discussed and illustrated using problem-based learning strategies (e.g., case studies). A significant component of this course will be class discussion and ongoing assessment of teaching and learning.
SPHS 897: Autism Research Seminar
3 semester hours, Spring semester, odd numbered years.
Linda Watson, Ed.D., Professor, Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
This graduate seminar focuses on research in autism, and is directed to doctoral students who plan careers in behavioral or biobehavioral research in autism. The first part of the course focuses on readings and discussions related to theories of autism and some of the common methodological challenges in autism research as well as approaches to addressing those challenges. The content of the latter part of the course is driven by the participants' specific interests related to autism research, and participants rotate in assigning readings, presenting, and leading discussions. The participants also work in small teams to plan and complete an autism research project using extant data The instructors, participants, and guest discussants/mentors provide input to assist in the conceptual and methodological development of the autism research projects undertaken as part of the course.