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

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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.
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 and ICD-10 criteria for ASD and apply these criteria in observations of people with suspected ASD.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) blog; (2) oral presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Unit rules
Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230) or provisional or full registration as a psychologist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, paediatrician or psychiatrist, and with the approval of the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis.
Contact hours
Online delivery, which includes: 3 online modules; 5 online lectures; and 1 whole-day workshop.
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