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This module will explore the various approaches to diagnose Autism and related conditions from the medical, social and educational aspects. It will build upon the neurobiology involved in Autism, evaluate different assessment techniques and related them to the Statement of Need process. It will further explore the evidence base for the various diagnostic and assessment procedures in relation to service provision and planning.
This module will explore the history of autism to inform how people lived with autism (including parents and carers) previously to the present day, debate the use of diet controls, critically review the impact of autism (pre- and post- diagnosis) upon the individual and family, explore the issue of parental stress, discuss how our understanding of the impact of autism can have an input into service planning and delivery, appraising integrated services and the influence of policy changes on the support provided (clinically, socially and educationally).
This module will explore the various interventions and approaches utilised in the management of Autism, including the medical management of co-occurring conditions. It further explores the use of educational interventions to support the development of Autistic people and how these approaches could be incorporated within the clinical and social care services as part of an overall integrated management strategy. Additionally, this module will discuss how you can involve parents and caregivers in a supportive role for the management of Autism.
This module will introduce students to the concepts involved in the normal and abnormal development of the brain in terms of the physiological and psychological aspects. Additionally, it will explore how altered neurodevelopment is often described as a component of the behavioral aspects of Autism presentation. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of Behaviour Analysis and its role in the management of Autism.
This module will explore and evaluate the issues for the provision of Autism related services (including clinical, social and educational) for children and adults with a suspected or actual diagnosis of Autism. Additionally, it will debate the process for the transition from childhood services to adult services to explore how current provision is reflective of need (or not) and how such a transition can be managed. Furthermore, it will evaluate recent policy initiatives in terms of how they can be incorporated and integrated into Autism related services.
This module will explore various aspects of statutory law and its relevance to the provision of Autism related services: for example exploring the legal requirements outlined in The Autism Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Furthermore, often due to the some of the challenging behavior exhibited by people with Autism, it has been reported that they can have various levels of engagement with the criminal justice and other legal systems, and this module will explore the interaction between people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and legal system to examine the issues involved, to discuss how the criminal justice system is able to cope with the needs of people with Autism. Lastly, the module will critically review and discuss local and national policy directives relating to Autism.
This module will allow students to review, appraise and evaluate the application of the knowledge gained throughout the programme within their own professional work environment by providing a portfolio of evidence that is supported by a reflective commentary.