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PSYC5521 Key Principles in the the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Approach

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Content
This unit provides detailed coverage of best practice in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in the context of the Australian National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD. Students also develop a detailed understanding of the DSM-5 criteria for ASD, and the application of these criteria to ASD diagnosis across the lifespan.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe common differential diagnoses to be considered in ASD assessments and the specific factors that would distinguish ASD from these neurodevelopmental conditions and psychiatric disorders; (2) evaluate the ethical considerations and professional responsibilities associated with being a health professional involved in the diagnosis of ASD; (3) develop a 'best-practice' diagnostic service for ASD, for one key developmental stage (toddlers/early childhood, school-age, adolescents and adults) of the lifespan; (4) use the Australian National Guidelines to support the development of a best-practice diagnostic service; and (5) demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the DSM-5 criteria for ASD and apply these criteria to observations of people with suspected ASD across the lifespan.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) blog; (2) oral presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis or prior approval and satisfy the eligibility criteria
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
Online delivery, which includes: 4 online modules; 4 online lectures; and 1 whole-day workshop.
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