Community professionals often encounter individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a variety of public and private settings. This course prepares professionals, including emergency first responders, healthcare workers, community agency staff, and direct care workers, for common interactions that may occur with these individuals. More specifically, this course focuses on understanding characteristics of ASD, navigating interpersonal situations, demonstrating effective communication skills, and engaging in solution-focused problem-solving strategies with children, adolescents and young adults with ASD while appreciating their strengths and respecting their dignity. Through video presentations and video critique, role playing, group workshops/discussions, and mini-lectures and demonstrations, students are provided with the necessary knowledge base, skill sets, and overall confidence they need when interacting with individuals with ASD in human services agencies and community settings.
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