Intervention in Autism - Part 1 - TZ315

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


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.


AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.



A synopsis of the curriculum
This module will cover both the evidence base and practical implications and applications of the following approaches:
Person-centred approaches (active support, PCP etc) and supporting relationships
Positive Behaviour Support and autism.


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 assignment and in preparing for the exam. As this is a distance 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.


Available 2016/17

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by one 2500 word written assignment (30%) and a one-hour web-based exam (70%).

Preliminary reading

This is a relatively emerging field in terms of research and there is no specific text available for this module – most of the materials will be specifically written for the course and provided electronically. However students will be directed to read the following as part of this module:
• Beadle-Brown, J., Hutchison, A and Whelton, B.(2008) A better life: The implementation and effect of person-centred active support in the Avenues Trust Tizard Learning Disability Review, 13 (4), 15-24.
• Beadle-Brown, J., Roberts, R and Mills, R (2009) Person-centred approaches to supporting children and adults with autism spectrum disorders Tizard Learning Disability Review, 14 (3), 18-26.
• Mesibov, G.B., Shea,V., and Schopler,E (2004) The TEACCH approach to autism spectrum disorders Springer Science and Business Inc. New York
• Clements, J. (2005) People with Autism Behaving Badly: Helping People with ASD Move on from Behavioral and Emotional Challenges Jessica Kingsley Publishers
• Sailor, W.; Dunlap, G.; Sugai, G.; Horner, R. (Eds.) (2009) Handbook of Positive Behavior Support Series: Issues in Clinical Child Psychology

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 and understanding of the evidence base and the practical application of the following approaches:
• Person-centred approaches (active support, PCP etc) and supporting relationships
• Communication
• Positive Behaviour Support and autism.

This module helps students to achieve PLO A.5 Approaches and interventions in ASD and PLO A.3 Issues for supporting people with ASD in services and schools on the Certificate and on the Foundation Degree; PLO A.2 Supporting people with ASD and their families, PLO A.4 Approaches to creating Autism friendly services - BSc in Autism studies
This module will also give students the opportunity to both develop and demonstrate transferable skills D1 Communication, D3 Information technology and D4 Numeracy on the Certificate and Foundation Degree (D1, D5 and D6 on the BSc). It will also develop subject specific skills C1 Development and application of intervention to provide autism friendly environments.


As part of either the Foundation degree or the BSc, they will also complete TZAUT1 (introduction to the Autism Spectrum), TZ AUT2 (Supporting people on the autism spectrum), SO328 (Academic development) and TZAUT7 (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 TZAUT2, TZAut3, TZAut7 and either SO328 or TZAUT6 (essay).

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