UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

PSY3ASD

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will explore the cluster of conditions known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), taking a developmental psychopathology approach. Our knowledge of what underpins ASD, from the first proposed accounts through to contemporary theories will be explored. We will consider the presentation of ASD and needs of affected individuals and their families, right across the lifespan; from neonatal life and very early infancy, right through childhood and adolescence, into adulthood. Students will develop their knowledge of the condition, including early signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools and processes and a range of interventions for different aspects of the condition and at different life stages. Students will explore local service provision for individuals with ASD within Victoria and across Australia, alongside approaches and policies abroad. They will develop important skills for critically evaluating the wealth of information on ASD that exists in the public domain.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKristelle Hudry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY3CDB

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Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify, describe, and evaluate the historical and current conceptualizations, assessment, and intervention approaches related to autism spectrum disorders.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Examination questions, case study and essay assignment marks.

02. Describe, apply and evaluate individual history and assessment results to address a diagnostic question related to autism spectrum disorders.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Examination questions, case study assignment marks.

03. Critically evaluate the literature and evidence on an issue related to autism spectrum disorders.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises. Summative: Examination questions, essay assignment marks.

04. Demonstrate ethical awareness with respect to appropriate citation in written work, and in regards to the use of personal information provided through case studies and by guest speakers.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises, case study and essay feedback, behaviour during participation in the subject. Summative: Examination questions, case study and essay assignment marks.

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