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SFCC to offer classes focusing on autism

December 6, 2012

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State Fair Community College is offering three classes on autism spring semester for anyone interested in learning more about autism and how to support children with autism.

The courses will be offered on the Sedalia campus. They are designed for parents and family members of autistic children as well as teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, and others interested. Spring semester begins Jan 14.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) examines the neurological and behavioral characteristics of children with ASD. The course includes an overview of learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies and issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with ASD.

Communication and Social Competence includes an overview of language development and communication strategies, issues, pragmatics, communication systems, augmentative and alternative communication systems, social deficits in autism, and approaches for teaching social skills. It includes an emphasis on the development of appropriate communication skills.

Methods Behavior Analysis includes an overview of basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and utilization. Basic principles of ABA include reinforcement, stimulus control, punishment, prompting, fading, generalization, and maintenance.

A fourth class, Sensory Integration, will be offered in fall 2013.

For more information contact Cara Barth-Fagan, teacher education program coordinator, at cbarthfagan1@sfccmo.edu, call the SFCC Admissions Office at (660) 530-5833 or visit www.sfccmo.edu.

All of the autism classes are three-credit-hour courses and are accepted as electives for several SFCC degrees.

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