Singapore University of Social Sciences

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (SPE205)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Special Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


SPE205 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) examines autism, its early signs and primary symptoms within the spectrum of autism disorder. It highlights the challenges that ASD poses to both diagnosis, treatment, intervention and teaching. The provision of support and educational placement is examined in terms of the major approaches to supporting autism needs including the strategies that have been found to be effective in managing behaviours and imparting skills based on research on autism. Support for ASD is also examined within the framework of inclusion.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • The History of Autism
  • Understanding the Diagnostic Tools
  • Special Education in the Context of Autism Treatment and Intervention
  • The Spectrum of Autism Disorder (Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism?)
  • The Needs of Autism at Different Developmental Phases
  • The Implications of Autism Needs for Learning
  • Challenges in Meeting the Special Educational Needs of Pupils with Autism
  • Major Approaches to Educating Pupils with Autism
  • Teaching Pupils with Autism in Inclusive Settings
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Managing Classroom Interactions
  • Developing Support Plans for Pupils with Autism

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the key characteristics of autism
  • Compare the differential needs and key challenges within the spectrum of autism disorder.
  • Determine the appropriate support for needs within the spectrum of autism disorder.
  • Examine the key components of a major approach to educating pupils with autism.
  • Create a support plan for pupils with autism and severe learning difficulties.
  • Explain how inclusion works for some pupils who have autism.
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