DPSS Approvals: Autism: Atypical Mind
The course will look at CDC statistics that show a dramatic rise in the rate of autism and possible explanations. A course in autism is not complete without examining the mythical link between autism and vaccinations. Students will learn how horses and dogs can have a dramatic and positive impact on people with autism. A course on autism is not complete without understanding work on facial cues and Simon Baron Cohen’s fascinating theory of Mind Blindness.
Students will learn how autism was discovered and how during the 60’s Bruno Bettelheim gained fame for his view that autism was caused by a refrigerator mother.
Students will learn how autism is a disorder of communication and language that has a genetic basis.
Students will look at research that shows key differences in the brains of people with autism and those with a normal brain.
Students will learn the science of early detection and intervention.
Students will learn how robots are used to facilitate communication with people who have autism.
Student will learn the importance of paying attention to the nonverbal behaviors of people with autism as a means to understand their behavior.
Student will gain insight into the work of Simon Baron Cohen and his theory of Mind Blindness.
Students will learn how behaviors displayed by individuals with autism are communication.
Students will learn the fallacy of the causal link between vaccinations and autism.