Autism Studies Concentration
Do you find yourself living with or providing personal or professional support to an individual that has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? As diagnoses rise, so too does the need to understand and learn to assist this growing population. In response, Saint Joseph’s now offers coursework in autism studies for occupational therapists, mobile therapists, speech pathologist, physical therapists, policy-makers, health care providers and even loved ones of those with ASD to help individuals on the spectrum succeed in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support offers a unique advantage to the program, providing real-world experience for students.
Autism studies allows students to expand their knowledge with the concentration within a bachelor’s degree in Professional and Liberal Studies or a six-course undergraduate certificate. In either environment, the program focuses primarily on an introductory knowledge of autism and the practical application skills necessary to properly care for and support children and adults who have been diagnosed.
In addition to practitioners, the program can be helpful for parents, educational support personnel and involved community members who want to learn more about ASDs. The flexible schedule and engaged faculty ensure that each student completes the program with the education and skills needed to promote personal growth in individuals with ASD.