Autism & Behavioural Science


Course List

Term 1

AUT-5004: Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

This course introduces the student to the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the basis for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI). In addition to basic terminology, students learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis. This course provides students with the scientific knowledge on which all further classes will be based.

AUT-5013: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course examines Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to its core features and diagnostic criteria. Students are introduced to a neurodevelopmental and behavioural understanding of ASD. The impact of ASD across the lifespan is discussed. Students also learn how to evaluate the evidence for various popular interventions..

AUT-5024: Specialized Instructional Strategies

This course introduces the student to common evidence-based behavioural approaches applied in teaching individuals with autism new skills with an emphasis on strategies for teaching language, academic skills, activities of daily living, play skills, and social skills. Topics will include traditional discrete trial training protocols, protocols developed based on Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviour, Pivotal Response Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the use of technology in the field, and Incidental and Natural Environment Teaching.

AUT-5033: Working with Families and Teams

This course presents students with theories, terminology and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Best outcomes for clients depend on the successful collaboration of all team members. During this course, students develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.

AUT-5042: Ethics and Professionalism

This course introduces the foundations of ethical thinking within a behavioural framework. Students are introduced to professional codes of ethics examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.

AUT-5061: Nonviolent Crisis Prevention and Intervention

This certification course is designed to teach the skills and techniques of non-violent crisis intervention to the human service professional. This is a hands-on experiential course where the required skill will be taught through role plays and exercises. Students will learn how to respond appropriately to defuse the anger and/or frustration in the disruptive individual. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive certification from the Crisis Prevention Institute. The book for this course is available in the Lambton College Bookstore.

AUTF-5053: Field Placement I

This course provides an ongoing set of experiences through which a student will be able to integrate classroom learning with its application in the field. The placement will consist of 140 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for individuals with ASD or other learning/behavioural challenges. The student will develop technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. Students will also have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.

Term 2

AUT-6004: Behavioural Skill Building

This course presents a comprehensive review of procedures for choosing curriculum for individuals with autism of various ages. Behavioural principles and teaching strategies will be discussed and applied with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, personal care skills and inclusion into less restrictive environments.

AUT-6012: Parent and Staff Training

This course introduces the student to techniques for training others specifically to implement behaviour change plans (technology transfer). Students will learn and practice techniques for individual and group presentation formats for the training of families or professionals. Students will also learn how to maintain procedural integrity, use performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training, and understand the challenges that may impact before, during and after mediator training. Emphasis will be placed on in-class presentations and role-play practice.

AUT-6023: Treating Challenging Behaviours

In this course, the student will be introduced to a variety of procedures used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism / ASD. The topics covered will include functional behavioural assessment, functional analysis, and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours, e.g., stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations such as the utilization of the least intrusive, least restrictive model and "effective treatment". Techniques covered will include antecedent control strategies, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement strategies, social stories, desensitization procedures, and decelerative procedures.

AUT-6032: Transition Planning and Implementation

This course will prepare the student for assisting in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within, and across home, school, and community settings from pre-school to adulthood. Topics will include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation; transition planning across settings and environments understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments; developing collaborative relationships with parents and professionals; understanding the transition practices and relevant legislation; practice gathering information when using transition assessment and evaluation tools.

AUTF-6055: Field Placement II

This course will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate the outcomes below. The placement will consist of 210 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for individuals with ASD. The student will further develop their technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. In addition to implementing a further range of treatment plans, students will be required to critically evaluate ongoing interventions within the placement. Students will continue to have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles / techniques.

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  • Fall 2018 (PDF)
Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website.

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