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.

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

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