Autism Studies

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Certificate in Autism Studies (program requirements)

Concentration in Autism Studies/B.S. Professional and Liberal Studies (program requirements)

Minor in Autism Studies (minor in Autism Studies requires 6 courses IHS 465-470)Kinney

Two recent, large-scale studies identified autism rates of 1 in 91 children and 1 in 58 boys in the United States (CDC website, 2009). As the need for autism treatment and education continues to rise in response to these increasing numbers, the need for well-trained therapists, teachers, healthcare providers, policy makers and advocates is critical.

The six-course undergraduate certificate offers an introduction to the theories, techniques, treatment and therapies of autism. This program is designed for parents, educational support personnel, and interested members of the community to gain introductory level and practical knowledge for supporting children and adults diagnosed with autism.

In addition to being offered as a six course certificate, the Autism Studies courses may also be applied toward a concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies major.

Gain Practical Knowledge:

  • Understand the neurology, symptoms, diagnostic criteria, causes, biomedical treatments, and behavioral interventions of autism.
  • Gain a general knowledge of applied behavior analysis principles and how they can be used across multiple environments (home, school, early intervention, clinics) to address the various social, behavioral and communication deficits of individuals with autism.
  • Identify a variety of approaches for assessing and improving the social skills of individuals with autism.
  • Learn about the role that therapists, physicians, families, case workers and community agents serve in advocating for those with autism, where services are provided, how they are funded, what they offer those with autism, and how to advocate for individuals with autism.
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned in the program to develop an individual project focused on the specific needs of children or adults with autism through the development of types of goals, services, programs, or other relevant activities.