ABA100 - Autism

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject provides a brief overview of the characteristics, causes, and skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To best understand the complexity of ASD, students will learn topics with a developmental perspective, and will be provided with information about the social, linguistic, and behavioural development of both typically developing children, and children with ASD. We will begin in the early years, and progress through adolescence and into adulthood. For example, the development of social understanding, empathy, play, and language, will be addressed across the lifespan. As well, children with ASD live within a larger family unit, and their unique role will be taken into account. Lastly, we will explore a number of community resources available for individuals with ASD.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Autism (ROA) Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1) Define the constellation of characteristics that indicates autism
2) Describe the spectrum of autism disorders
3) Give examples of behaviours within each category
4) Explain the theories on the causes of autism
5) Interpret information from a case study to describe the components of Autism Spectrum Disorder
6) Give examples of the similarities and differences that exist between typically developing children and children with ASD
7) Know the best practices in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ASD.
8) Know the main characteristics of effective Intensive Behavioural Intervention
9) Have an appreciation for the experience of families

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisites None 

Topic Outline
    Diagnosis and Description
    The Early Years
    Language acquisition and its use
    Middle Childhood
    Core deficits and causes
    Assessment tools
    Impact on the family
    Theories of Autism

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, videos and small group discussions 

Prescribed Texts
Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context
Kimberley Maich and Carmen Hall (Canadian Scholars Press Inc, ISBN 9781551309125

Student Progression and Promotion Policy


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar.html).

Modes of Evaluation
To pass this subject, the student must achieve the learning outcomes stated in the subject. This is demonstrated by the students successful completion of both the term work and the final exam. The student must pass both the term work and final exam to pass the subject.

If the student does not pass the term work, the student may not be permitted to write the final examination.  If the student passes the term work, but fails the final examination, the student may be awarded a Supplemental Grade (SUP) at the discretion of the Promotion Committee.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established.  Late assignments are subject to a grade penalty and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment  due date.

Students unable to complete any formal evaluations without sufficient documented reason, will result in a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).
Grade Breakdown:
Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Resource Assignment  20%
Observation Assignment  30%
Critique Article Assignment  20%
In-Class Case Study    30%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield