The incidence of autism spectrum disorders has increased significantly, and schools are charged with creating appropriate programs. This course examines the range autism spectrum disorders, Minnesota educational criteria, identification and assessment, personal perspectives, and family issues and how autism impacts the family dynamics. Evidence-based practices and research related to autism and educational practices and programs will be explored.

Become competent in the identification and assessment process of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Review Minnesota State Criteria for the process of identification and compare and contrast with other disability areas.  Learn to effectively select assessments, administer and report performance that leads to identification of educational needs. This course will address factors that impact evaluation procedures and learn to collaborate with families, team members and community resources. Participants will design goals and objectives that address the core features of ASD and the planning process. Prerequisite: SPED 7091

This course is required for students pursuing the ASD license (meets required competencies). It is one of two choices for an assessment class in the ASD certificate program, providing educators with an overview of the communication characteristics of individuals with ASD and exploring current assessment tools and strategies related to communication. The following areas will be addressed:

  • Development of social communication and its relevance in ASD
  • Communicative characteristics across the autism spectrum
  • Formal and informal assessment tools and strategies currently used to evaluate communication, including the use of informal tests to evaluate communicative functions, social communication, non-verbal language and play skills.
  • Use of assessment results to identify needs and develop intervention plans
  • Principles guiding language intervention in ASD