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Autism & Complex Communication


3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Assessment and treatment of persons with severe disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and persons with complex communication needs. Methods include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Communication Needs

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics and social communication needs of individuals with severe disabilities including ASD and intellectual impairment.

Intervention Principles

Students will demonstrate understanding of intervention principles that underlie and support clinical intervention with individuals with severe communication impairments.

AAC Best Practice

Students will understand the issues and considerations that determine best practice in treating individuals using Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems.

Communication Characteristics

Students will demonstrate familiarity with the social communication characteristics and needs of individuals with a variety of congenital syndromes that are associated with speech and language impairment.

Working with Families

Students will understand issues and concerns in working with families of individuals with ASD and severe disabilities.