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Unit Overview

This unit provides an introduction to the presentation and diagnostic features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan. Across the course of the unit, students will develop knowledge of typical and atypical lifespan development, as well as the diagnostic features of ASD at key developmental stages (toddlers and preschoolers; school-aged children; adolescents and adults). Students will use this knowledge to write referral letters for autism assessments
6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Students are able to (1) describe typical development, including developmental milestones and 'red flags' for atypical development, at each key developmental stage of the lifespan; (2) identify and describe the diagnostic markers for ASD, and distinguish ASD from typical development at each key developmental stage (toddlers/early childhood, school-age, adolescents and adults) of the lifespan; (3) use clinical interviewing techniques to elicit examples of the characteristics of ASD from caregivers and/or informants; and (4) apply knowledge of the key characteristics of ASD to write referral letters for specialist ASD diagnostic services.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) wiki and (2) 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
Enrolment in 70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis or prior approval and satisfy the eligibility criteria
Contact hours
Online delivery which includes: 5 online modules; 4 online lectures; 1 whole-day workshop.
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