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Nancy E Rosenberg
EDSPE 520
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Applied Special Education

Designed for graduate students in special education. Focus on contemporary topics relating to the application of the theoretical constructs to special education. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Problem behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are among the most challenging and stressful issues faced by schools and teachers in their efforts to provide appropriate educational programs for these children. This class will survey the types of challenging behaviors these children may exhibit and the functions these behaviors may serve for the child. We will explore the full range of strategies that have been shown to both prevent and reduce these behaviors, considering the strategies in terms of their effectiveness, ethics, and contextual fit for the child, the family, and the school.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be a combination of lecture and discussion. There will be several guest lecturers, and each class session, an expert in challenging behaviors from the community will provide a case study of a functional behavior assessment and behavior plan that they did on an individual with autism.

Recommended preparation

A class on autism such as EDSPE 525 or permission of the instructor is required to take the course.

Class assignments and grading

The primary project for the course will be an ongoing functional behavior assessment and behavior plan design for a student with autism.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy E Rosenberg
Date: 02/04/2006