Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions - TZ326

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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4 30 (15) DR J Bradshaw




Only available to Tizard UG programmes



This module will provide information on historical and current understanding and explanations of autism spectrum conditions and will examine the epidemiology of the spectrum. It will introduce the students to current key theories. The module will look at medical and social models of disability, and critiques of these models. The module will consider the impact of our historical and current understanding of autism on provision today.


Contact hours

This module will be taught through blended learning. , students attend campus for one workshop at commencement of the academic year and a further workshop to undertake exams and have additional lectures in term 2. Blended learning features online forum and chat discussions, case study work, group exercises, videos, guided reading of text-based materials and study questions.


Available 2018/19

Method of assessment

The module is assessed through a number of assessments elements. These comprise a presentation assignment (30%), a one hour MCT/Short-answer exam (30%), and a 2000 word essay (40%).

Indicative reading

Attwood, T. (2007). The Complete Guide to Asperger's syndrome, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Beadle-Brown, J., Roberts, R. and Mills, R. (2009). Person-centred approaches to supporting children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 14 (3), 18-26.
Chaplin, E. Underwood, L. and Hardy, S. (Eds.) (2013). Autism spectrum conditions: A guide. Brighton: Pavilion Publishing.
Frith, U. (2003). Autism: Explaining the Enigma. Second edition. Oxford: Blackwell.
Grandin, T. (2006). Thinking in pictures: My life with autism. Second Edition. New York: Vintage Books.
Kutscher, M.L. (2015). 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. Second Edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Learning outcomes

• Understand what an autism spectrum condition is, including the subtypes and how it is diagnosed
• Understand the range and amount of people currently considered to be on the autism spectrum
• Understand what the condition means for people on the autism spectrum and their families, and how it affects their lives
• Demonstrate an awareness of the causes of autism in terms of understanding key theories
• Demonstrate awareness of the impact of models of disability as applied to the autism spectrum
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues for human services (co-morbidity, structure, sensory and environmental issues, empowerment and advocacy) as they relate to people on the autism spectrum
• Show capacity to draw on both published work and personal experience
• Make effective use of information technology (word processing, email, internet, online learning resources) to meet deadlines and complete tasks
• Recognise issues relating to equality and diversity by using non-discriminatory language

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