GMS6778 Introduction to ASD


This course provides an overview of basic characteristics, historical perspectives and trends in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A foundational course in the Professional Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder, it helps prepare students interested in medicine, psychology, education, public health, allied health professions and other fields.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss historical and global trends in ASD
  • Outline the characteristics autism spectrum disorder and associated conditions
  • Describe formal and informal strategies for assessment of the following domains: speech and language, communication, social-emotional, psycho-motor, sensory, and cognitive areas of development
  • Recognize the instruments and processes used for a comprehensive evaluation including:
    • characteristics for determining eligibility
    • autism-specific instruments such as the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS)
    • Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R), and
    • recommendations for treatment
  • Outline issues related to family and community living for individuals with ASD
  • Outline issues related to service provision across contexts for individuals with ASD


GMS6778 Introduction to ASD