Intervention in Autism (Part 2) - TZ529

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Yearlong
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5 30 (15) DR J Bradshaw


This module can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the second year of a Foundation Degree or a BSc in Autism Studies. As part of either the Foundation degree or the BSc, they will have completed TZ313 (introduction to the Autism Spectrum), TZ314 (introduction to supporting people on the Autism Spectrum), TZ 315 (Intervention part 1), TZ317 (case study intervention) and, SO328 (Academic development) and TZAUT7 (Case study assessment).


AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.



The module will cover the following core content.
The research basis of intervention autism – historical and theoretical context
Assessing the effectiveness of interventions
Applied behaviour analysis and early behavioural intervention in autism.
Other specific intervention approaches in autism – for example, Sonrise, Relationship Development Intervention.
Interventions used for other co-occurring neuropsychological conditions
The use of and the practical application of non specific intervention therapies: music therapy, art therapy, daily life therapy, social skills teaching, diets and treatments used to address sensory perceptual problems


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. 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 a short 2000 word literature review on an intervention approach (worth 20% of the module marks) and one 4000 word case report (worth 30% of the module mark) which will require the students to assimilate the material from across the module content in order to consider a possible programme of intervention for a case. The studies will describe the rationale, nature and evaluation of the intervention.

There will also be a one hour web-based exam (worth 50% of the module mark).

Indicative reading

Many of the materials will be specifically written for the course and provided electronically but the list below gives some indicative reading that will be used in this module:

Charman T and Howlin, P. (2003) Research into early intervention for children with autism and related disorders: methodological and design issues Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice 7 217-225.

Howlin, P (1997) Interventions for people with autism: recent advances Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (1997), vol. 3, pp. 94-102

Rogers, S. J. (1998). Empirically supported comprehensive treatments for young
children with autism. Journal of clinical child psychology 27(2): 168-179.

Schopler, E. (2001). Treatment for Autism: From science to pseudo-science or antiscience in
The Research Basis for Autism Intervention. E. Schopler, N. Yirmiya, C. Shulman and L. M. Marcus. New York, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Shea, V (2004) A perspective on the research literature related to early intensive behavioural intervention (Lovaas) for young children with autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 8 (4) 349 – 368.

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:
Ways to assess the research basis and effectiveness of interventions in autism (FD PLO: A.10; BSc PLO A.5)
Understanding the use of and the practical application of non specific intervention therapies (FD PLO A.10; BSc PLO A.5)
The theories of early behavioural interventions (FD PLO A.10, A.11, and A.12; BSc A.5)
Review and critical analysis of the literature around intervention in autism spectrum conditions and other neuropsychological conditions, including early intervention (FD PLO A.10, A.11, and A.12; BSc PLO A.5)


Co-requisites will be TZAUT4 (Theoretical and Diagnostic Approaches to Autism), TZAUT8 (Autism Extended essay), TZAUT9 Case study assessment and TZAUT10 (Work based learning).

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