Introduction to Supporting People on the Autism Spectrum - TZ314

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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4 30 (15) DR J Bradshaw

Pre-requisites

This module can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the first year of a Foundation Degree or a BSc in Autism Studies.

Restrictions

AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.

2017-18

Overview

The module will cover the following core content.
Policy, funding, service models (residential and educational), statementing.
Approaches/interventions to working with people – Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, SPELL, PECS, TEACCH, PCAS, Communication. This module would focus on introducing these approaches.
Supporting families
Capacity and empowerment – a brief introduction
Advocacy and child/adult protection
Supporting individuals with ASD in mainstream education.

Details

Contact hours

Students will be expected to spend approximately 300 hours on this module. Approximately 190 hours will be spent in following the web-based content and in both guided and independent reading. Approximately 100 hours will be spent in preparing the assignments and in preparing for the exam. As this is a blended- learning module, there is no face-to-face contact unless the student chooses to come to Kent for a face-to-face tutorial. There would be web-based interaction with teaching staff and other students which would make up approximately 10 hours of the module.

Availability

Available 2016/17

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by one 3000 word written assignment (30%), a short case study (20%) and a one-hour web-based exam (50%).

Preliminary reading

Many of the materials will be specifically written for the course and provided electronically but in addition students will be expected to use the following core texts:
Attwood, T. (2007) The complete guide to Asperger's syndrome Jessica Kingsley publishers

Frith, U. (2003) Autism: Explaining the Enigma (second edition) Basil Blackwell.

Grandin, T (2006) Thinking in pictures: My life with autism (second edition) Vintage Books

Kutscher, M.L. (2005) Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! : The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

National Autistic Society (2007) Approaches to autism

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will have knowledge of:
Policy, funding, service models (residential and educational) and statementing.( PLO A.3 Issues for supporting people with ASD in services and schools and PLO A.4 Policy funding and service models - Certificate in Autism Studies and Foundation Degree in Autism Studies; PLO A.3 Person-centred approaches as a value base for the provision of services - BSc in Autism Studies; PLO A.2 Supporting people with ASD and their families - BSc in Autism Studies; PLOA.6 Supporting families of children with ASD - Certificate in Autism Studies and Foundation Degree in Autism Studies)
Approaches/interventions to working with people (PLO A.4 Approaches to creating autism-friendly environments and PLO A.5 Intervention in Autism - BSc in Autism Studies; PLO A.3 Issues for supporting people with ASD in services and schools - Certificate in Autism Studies and Foundation Degree in Autism Studies
Supporting families (PLO A.2 Supporting people with ASD and their families - BSc in Autism Studies; PLOA.6 Supporting families of children with ASD - Certificate in Autism Studies and Foundation Degree in Autism Studies)
Capacity, empowerment Advocacy and child/adult protection – a brief introduction (PLO A.7 Knowledge and Understanding of Capacity, Empowerment, advocacy and protection in Foundation Degree and Certificate in autism studies; PLO A.3 Person-centred approaches as a value base for the provision of services - BSc in Autism Studies; PLO A.2 Supporting people with ASD and their families - BSc in Autism Studies)
Supporting individuals with ASD in mainstream education (PLO A.2 Supporting people with ASD and their families - BSc in Autism Studies; PLO A.3 Issues for supporting people with ASD in services and schools - Certificate in Autism Studies and Foundation Degree in Autism Studies)

Progression

As part of either the Foundation degree or the BSc, they will also complete TZ313 (introduction to the Autism Spectrum), TZ 315 (Intervention part 1), SO328 (Academic development) and TZ317 (Case study assessment). Students who do not gain enough credits for a Foundation degree but have enough credits for a certificate in autism studies will usually have completed TZ314, TZ315, TZ3177 and either SO328 or TZAUT6 (essay).

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