Autism & Behavioural Science

Course List

Term 1

AUT-5004: Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (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.

AUT-5013: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Students will learn about the neurodevelopmental and behavioural aspects of people with autism spectrum disorder, previously labelled as five different syndromes under the autism spectrum disorder umbrella. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnostics tools, research-based interventions, and will cover autism spectrum disorder from birth to adulthood.

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 be approached by providing the student with an understanding of the terms used, a description of the teaching techniques characterized in each of the modules (where applicable) and a basic understanding of the conceptual elements motivating the approaches. Topics will include traditional discrete trial training protocols, protocols developed based on Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviour, Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, Pivotal Response Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Incidental and Natural Environment Teaching.

AUT-5033: Working with Families and Teams

Theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with autism spectrum disorders are explored. The focus is on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. 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 will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises and group discussions. This course will provide participant with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB® guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.

AUT-5061: Non-Violent 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 that will allow students to integrate classroom learning with application in the field. The placement will consist of 140 hours of participation in a setting that uses the principles of ABA for individuals with ASD or other learning/behavioural challenges. The student will develop technical skills through application of the knowledge gained in 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

A comprehensive review of procedures for choosing and organizing curriculum for students with autism of various ages. Students review basic behaviour principles and teaching strategies. Emphasis is placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). Curriculum development is discussed 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

The student will be introduced to a variety of procedures used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder. The topics covered will include functional behavioural assessment and functional analysis and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours, e.g., stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphases 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

Students must learn to assist in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within and across home, school and community settings. Topics include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaboration and relationships with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation, and practice in the use of transition assessment and evaluation tools.

AUTF-6055: Field Placement II

This course provides an ongoing set of experiences that will allow students to integrate classroom learning with application in the field. The placement will consist of 210 hours of participation in setting that uses the principles of ABA for individuals with ASD or other learning/behavioural challenges. The student will further develop technical skills through application of the knowledge gained in prerequisite courses. In addition to implementing a further range of intervention plans, students will be required to critically evaluate ongoing interventions within the placement site. Students will continue to have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles / techniques.

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