Honours Specialization - Autism Spectrum Disorders

PSYC 3117  Autism Spectrum Disorders


CHFS 2106 or PSYC 2006


CHFS 3116


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




This course will explore the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including epidemiology, screening and assessment, and treatment and interventions. A lifespan approach will be applied to a broad range of topics, including historical considerations, diagnostic issues, prevalence/incidence, profile of ASD including the triad of impairments, genetic linkages, cognitive processing and executive functioning, and evidence-informed interventions including an introduction to applied behavioural analysis and positive behavioural support models. Students will consider evidence-informed principles for the development of successful programs for children and adolescents with ASD, as well as explore best-practice models for youth transition into adult care and supportive services. Principles of child/family centered care and support will be studied throughout the course. This course is also offered as CHFS 3116.

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