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This module will explore the various approaches to diagnose Autism and related conditions from the clinical, social and educational aspects. It will explore Autism from the medical and social model of disability, evaluate different assessment techniques and related them to various processes and referral pathways to obtain a diagnosis. 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 the autism community lived previously to the present day, debate the use of various approaches, critically review the lived experience of autism (pre- and post- diagnosis) for the autistic individual and their family, explore the issue of parental experiences, discuss how understanding 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 clinical 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 autistic individuals, parents and caregivers in a supportive role as part of an overall management strategy.
This module will introduce students to the concepts involved in the brain development in terms of the physiological and psychological aspects. Additionally, it will explore how altered neurodevelopment is often described as a component of the behavioural aspects of Autism presentation. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of various behavioural management approaches.
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 behaviour exhibited by autistic people being misunderstood, 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 autistic people and legal system to examine the issues involved, to discuss how the criminal justice system is able to accommodate the needs of autistic people . 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.