ED X312.1.5 - Cognitive Development in Autism & Other Severe Disabilities
The course focuses on the diagnosis, assessment, and intervention of children with autism and other severe disabilities. Students are first introduced to key tenants of the respondent and operant conditioning. Afterward, various methods of behavioral assessment (e.g., descriptive assessment, functional analysis) are delineated and used to teach the student how to select appropriate behavioral intervention strategies. Specifically, students are taught to use, organize, and interpret behavioral data to enhance the social validity and contextual support of interventions used and outcomes for behavioral interventions; identify measurable intervention strategies for teaching communication, spontaneous language, and social skills; design environments that enhance maintenance and generalization of skills and reduce the need for long-term behavior support; and modify intervention strategies based on data informing clinicians how children with autism are responding to treatment.
Specific competencies covered in this course:
- Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
- Identification of the problem & assessment
- Intervention & behavior change considerations
- Behavioral assessment & selecting intervention outcomes & strategies
NotesImportant Note: Completion of the UCSB PaCE ABA program does not result in BCBA or QBA certification. Individuals seeking certification must take and pass an examination with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) or Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA). While courses in this certificate program may count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in BCBA or QBA certification.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Applied Behavior Analysis : Applied Behavior Analysis 5th Edition
- International Applied Behavior Analysis : Required Courses