Singapore University of Social Sciences

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (SPE205)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 30 November 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Special Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


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

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every 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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