|SPHS/EDUC 400: Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
3 semester hours, Fall semester, APPLES Service-Learning, EE Credit
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the diverse topics related to autism spectrum disorder. The Center for Disease Control reports that autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 people. Further, the prevalence of ASD is higher in North Carolina with a rate of 1 in 58. The majority of children and youth with autism are provided services and supports in inclusive classroom and community based settings. Considering the life course perspective of development and the rise in prevalence rate for autism over the past several years, it is critical that students learn about inclusion of individuals with autism in schools and communities. Topics covered will include: diagnostic criteria, early indicators of ASD, evidence-based treatment methods, issues affecting parents and siblings in school and community settings, multi-cultural issues, and transition to adulthood. The goal of this course is to promote acceptance of individuals with autism by undergraduate students who will disseminate this understanding in their future professional and personal communities.
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.