Autism Certificate Course Descriptions

OT 761 Autism: The State of the Field (3 credits)

This course will provide a survey of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from behavior to brain mechanisms based in current research and expert opinion. Students will explore evidence from research and practice to obtain current medical, educational, therapeutic and behavioral treatments available for individuals with ASD. Includes opportunities to learn from the experts via virtual attendance at the National Autism Conference.

OT 762 Assessment Strategies for Individuals with Autism (3 credits)

An introduction to the common assessment used to characterize and diagnose autism including the ADOS, ADI-R, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Social Responsivity Scale, and Social Communication Questionnaire. Assessment typically used by occupational therapists to assess strengths and needs of individuals with autism will also be included.

OT 763 Lifespan Intervention for Autism Across Practice Contexts (3 credits)

This course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement interventions to increase the participation of clients with autism in education, work and leisure/recreation occupations in home and community settings. Students learn to design interventions based on the integration of published research and other data, with an emphasis on occupational therapy approaches and client/therapist perspectives. Synchronous and asynchronous discussions are used to facilitate learning.

OT 764 Autism: Treating the Whole Person in Context (3 credits)

This course focuses on the implementation of assessment and intervention strategies to a self-chosen case of an individual with autism. Students will plan, implement and work through a case report using the systematic format outlined by McEwen (2001). Each case report will include a description of population, the issues associated with this disability (e.g. difficulty participating in family or community activities due to lack of behavioral control); the disability associated with this population (e.g. poor sensory processing, poor behavioral control, etc.), the assessment(s) used, the treatment plan, the outcome measures and the outcomes and their effects on occupational performance and participation in life activities. Students present their case report to the class early in the process for feedback and input and then write a scholarly report to disseminate their findings. Students are required to submit case report for publication or present it in a scholarly venue.