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CSD 624. Language/Communication Assessment and Interventions for Students with ASD

Credits: 3
Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Description: Communication, speech, language, and pragmatic characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), identification and assessment methods, and use of evidence-based practices for teaching communication. Grade of B or higher required to earn the Autism Certificate.
Prerequisites: SPED 623
Semester Offered: Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze possible communication intents of behaviors for individuals with ASD and design instruction to promote communication alternatives to undesirable behaviors.
2. Write individualized communication goals/objectives that reference observable, measurable, and specific communication behaviors of ASD.
3. Choose and implement evidence-based strategies to improve communication skills of individuals with ASD. Provide environmental and structural accommodations across learning environments for individuals with ASD.
4. Effective skills for collaborating with caregivers and teachers to obtain optimal growth in communication skills of children with ASD.
5. Implement a range of instructional strategies that promote generalization of communication skills. Design procedures, collect and interpret data to document progress, and make necessary changes in communication outcomes for students with ASD.
6. Low and high augmentative/assistive communication options for individuals with ASD.
7. Major communication, speech, language, and pragmatic characterists of students with ASD.
8. Methods to assess speech, language, and pragmatic characteristics of children with ASD, as well as strengths and limitations of instruments.
9. Provide strategies and training for parents, paraprofessionals, and other school staff to work more effectively with individuals with ASD.
10. Skills to use instruments to screen/assess students for eligibility for educational services (ASD, communication) and determine needs.

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