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

Welcome to the Intervention & Strategies course! At this time you should be towards the end of your licensure program and at a minimum have completed the Introduction course, social cognition course, proactive behavior course, and communication course. Ideally this is the final course before your student teaching.

This course is an advanced course therefore it does not cover the basics of what autism spectrum disorders are or the core theories associated with ASD. In this course it is expected you are applying your previously learned knowledge of ASD and the theories (Theory of Mind, Executive Function Deficits, Central Coherence challenges, etc.) to the strategies and interventions within the classroom setting and when applying them to working with students directly.

In this course you will learn a variety of strategies and interventions for working with students with ASD (ECSE-Age 21). The textbooks provide an overwhelming amount of information and will be great resources to refer back to in the future. Due to the enormous number of strategies and interventions marketed to students with ASD this course cannot explore all of them, however, you will be given resources of where to access additional information and up to date research and evidence based strategies.

The intent of this course is to develop an understanding of the impact an autism spectrum disorder has throughout an individuals’ educational, employment and independent living environments. Emphasis will be on the characteristics, issues, and essential elements for effective transition involved in the education and support of adolescents and young adults across the spectrum.