EXED 610: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Comprehensive review of ASD from the perspectives of various disciplines. Theories of causation, developmental aspects, descriptive and diagnostic characteristics, and legal and social issues. Thirty field experience hours required.
EXED 612*: Collaboration with Schools and Agencies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Preparation of teachers to work as consultants in a team model; exploration of local, state, and regional agencies involved with individuals diagnosed with ASD. Supervised practicum required at designated sites.
EXED 615: Instructional Strategies and Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Development of competencies and philosophies of instructional design specific to teaching students with ASD. Emphasis on research-based instructional strategies, plans and classroom structures.
EXED 618: Social Skills Instruction and Behavioral Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Development of competencies in assessing, designing, and implementing social skills instruction and behavioral programming for students with ASD.
EXED 619: Assistive Technology and Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Investigation of assistive and instructional technology, as well as alternative and augmentative communication devices to implement with students with ASD.
*EXED 612 consists of 120 supervised practicum hours, and is held at the Kelly Autism Program at WKU. This three-week course will provide opportunities to work with individuals with ASD from ages 7 through adulthood both in academic and community/employment settings.