Understanding Autism

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About this Course


This course focuses on the etiology, neuroscience, diagnosis, and conceptualization of ASD. Approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective, this didactic course brings together genetics, neuroscience, and behavioral sciences to provide an academic foundational understanding of ASD. The class structure includes lectures, readings, and writing assignments. The class also includes guest speakers (parent, representative from advocacy group, individual with ASD) and a range of activities designed to enhance learning from multiple approaches.

Topics include:

  • Current scientific knowledge about the causes of ASD and its increasing prevalence
  • Advances in genetic, neurological and psychophysiological measurement that help explain the variability in ASD symptom development and expression
  • Strategies and approaches used in the early identification and diagnosis of ASD