Autism Course Descriptions

 SW 2500: Understanding the Autism Spectrum

Discusses autism beginning with the history of the diagnostic category and moving through contemporary issues of etiology, neurobiology, prevalence, assessment, treatment, education, policy, and community impact and inclusion. Emphasizes principles of interdisciplinary care, cultural competence, family centered approaches, and life course perspective.


 SW 3810: Autism Across the Lifespan 1: Infants & Children

Examines key issues related to infants and children who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and the impact on family and communities. Emphasizes principles of interdisciplinary care, cultural competence, family centered approaches, and life course perspective. Requires a 20-hour service learning component.


 SW 3820: Autism Across the Lifespan 2: Teens and Adults

Examines key issues related to teens and adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact on family and communities. Emphasizes principles of interdisciplinary care, cultural competence, family centered approaches, and life course perspective. Requires a 20-hour service learning component.


 SW 3850: Autism Assessment & Treatment

Examines best practices in the assessment and treatment of language, adaptive skills, and educational levels. Focuses on the current standards in diagnosing autism. Provides practice opportunities of evidence-based autism treatments.


 SW 4650: Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis

Describes the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis and how they relate to autism intervention. Discusses principles of single case designs, antecedents, reinforcement, consequences, and behavior modification.


SW 482R: Autism Seminar

Provides a generalist base for autism practice in a weekly seminar. Assists the student to integrate classroom learning with learning that takes place in the on-site field practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation.