Theory, methods and comprehensive assessment of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents using a developmental approach. Emphasizes the development of critical thinking in relation to the selection, administration, interpretation, and application of gold-standard diagnostic measures of autism.
The School Psychology Ph.D. Program has been offering this course in Autism Theory and Diagnostics as a special topics (PSYC 841) course for the past few years. However, it has become a major component of the training program and therefore deserves to be listed as a standard course in the Graduate School Bulletin. Student transcripts should reflect the content of the course rather than listing it as one of the Special Topics Courses, which are often not regularly offered. Due to the increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) within the general population, the necessity for School Psychology Ph.D. students to be trained in this field is vital. School Psychology students placed in various practicum settings greatly benefit from learning how to administer comprehensive ASD assessments across multiple contexts including school, clinical, and research settings. Students who take Autism Theory and Diagnostics will be able to become autism diagnostic assistants at the Psychological Services Center, which allows USC Psychology students to better serve the local community. The class must be offered for variable credits to meet various student needs. Three credits will cover theory and two main measures, two credits will cover theory and one measure, & one credit will only cover theory and overview.
We need the justification for the variable credit in the justification section.
We need a syllabus that indicates how grading occurs for the 1, 2, and 3 credits situation.
Please include a topical outline by week in the syllabus.