|Faculty or Section :
||Faculty of Education
|School or Department :
|Version produced :
||7 March 2014
State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional
experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required
to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.)
Also see: http://www.childcomm.qld.gov.au/employment/bluecard/informationSheets.html.
This course examines the conceptual frameworks, in the field of autism spectrum disorder, of the triad of impairment/difference (socialisation, communication and restricted interests/repetitive behaviours) and beyond, and the three cognitive theories: theory of mind, central coherence and executive function. Child, parent and school perspectives are presented, as well as personal accounts from adults with ASD. The process of evaluating the evidence base of practices in the field to inform support design is a critical course element. Teachers will learn how to determine needs, and the impact they have on access and participation, as well as how to formulate effective support plans. Responding to behaviour and catering for the unique learning styles of these students is highlighted within a respectful and child-centred framework.