Learning Objectives: CADE Educational Training
Guide psychologists who work in school settings to conduct best-practice evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Utilize a 3 pillar model to evaluate assessment data and integrate interviews, tests, and observations into a meaningful big picture. Psychologists in the course will plan evaluations for their school buildings, prepare materials for upcoming assessments, and apply this learning through interactive case studies and vignettes.
- Recite the legal and ethical requirements for best-practice comprehensive evaluations for special education
- Apply the three criteria required for educational identification of autism, in order to accurately evaluate young children and align them with interventions to meet their needs, secure appropriate services, and ensure class placements that do not discriminate but rather facilitate conditions for success
- Define key terms within the autism criteria (‘significant rigidity’ ‘difficulty initiating and maintaining relationships’ ‘lacking socially reciprocal relationships’ ‘integrated use of eye-contact, facial expressions, and gestures’) in order to develop competency in working with this population, in accordance with the APA ethical code 2.01.
- Describe all of the areas that must be addressed during a school evaluation and the tests to use for each in order to ensure accurate evaluations (and correct test interpretation, also required by the ethics code) so that vulnerable populations, and children from lower SES have access to quality services if identified
- List the stages of social development and how to observe them in school settings
- Analyze data from cognitive, social-emotional, academic, sensory-motor, and behavioral assessments for autism specific profiles
- Demonstrate mastery of student-child interviews for a school-based assessment
- Predict the communicative and social skill deficit patterns often observed during an autism evaluation through analysis of a live skit and case vignettes
- Examine a thorough case-study example and locate data that would indicate autism identification is warranted so that children with ASD are assessed at younger ages and connected with adequate resources and services to meet their needs
CLEAR Child Psychology has no conflicts of interest.