BHS204 - Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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Subject Title
Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Subject Description
One of the main areas of application of Behavioural Sciences is in interventions with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and with individuals with a Developmental Disabilities (DD). The focus of this course will be on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and associated therapies with an overview of other developmental disabilities. Students will learn about the diagnostic criteria, common characteristics and features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD) and the impact this has on their learning, participation in daily activities, social/emotional relationships and behaviour. In this course, students will learn how Behavioural Science is applied as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with ASD and other disabilities. Students will learn about Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), and other services and interventions based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This course will prepare students for employment or placement in an agency that serves individuals on the autism spectrum.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

1. Describe the diagnostic criteria and key features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the range of functioning.
2. Identify the key characteristics of ASD including challenges with communication, language, social skills, behavior, sensorimotor functioning  and cognitive domains.
3. Understand the key features of other developmental disabilities (DDs), such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome.
4. Explain how the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) can be used to provide effective intervention with individuals with ASD.
5. Describe Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) as an approach for treating ASD or other DDs.
6. Explain how ABA/ABA-based services and interventions can be applied to treat a range of issues or challenges for an individual with ASD or a DD.
7. Explain how ABA can be applied to support individuals with dual diagnoses or multiple  exceptionalities.
8. Specify how ABA-based interventions can be used appropriately across a variety of settings and with individuals of different ages, including adults, and different ability levels.

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