PSYC5521 Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit provides detailed coverage of the systems and processes used in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students develop a detailed understanding of autism across the lifespan and both genders, and distinguish ASD from other developmental disorders. The unit also covers commonly used tools for screening children for ASD, and provides detailed instruction on standardised assessment tools, including protocols for conducting diagnostic interviews with parents. A multidisciplinary team approach to assessment is also described.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the characteristics of ASD and the impact that the disorder can have for individuals across the lifespan; (2) demonstrate understanding of the principles of differential diagnosis and distinguish ASD from other developmental disorders; (3) demonstrate understanding of commonly used assessment tools, including standard protocols for conducting diagnostic interviews with parents; (4) demonstrate understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each professional included in a multidisciplinary team assessment for ASD; and (5) demonstrate understanding of the processes involved in assessing for ASD at different points across the lifespan.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creating wiki website entries; (2) blog; and (3) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor and Professor Murray Maybery
Unit rules
enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230)
Contact hours
online delivery, including 4 x 2 hour online collaborate sessions plus two intensive online workshops
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