|Description:||Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that can affect the social, communicative, and play behaviour in young children. The condition affects approximately one in 250 children in Canada. Without treatment, children with autism may not learn to speak, interact, or function in their community. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is used to teach children with autism to develop new skills, such as language or social play, through repeated practice, intensive teaching (Intensive Behavioural Intervention or IBI), and positive reinforcement.
This is the only program of its kind offered in Southwestern Ontario. Students will obtain a higher level of knowledge and skill in the area of autism spectral disorders assessment and treatment; enhance their vocational knowledge as well as leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; and develop a broad understanding and training in the area of ABA principles and practices, which include the IBI techniques. They will also learn to work as integral members of a services delivery team, supporting individuals with autism and autism spectral disorders in our community. Complete two field placements in community settings, such as hospitals, clinics, classrooms or residential settings, to obtain real work experience.