Interdisciplinary Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

 

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent an increasing and heterogenous group of consumers who require an individualized and specialized approach to assessment, treatment planning, and intervention.  Currently 1 of 150 individuals is diagnosed with an ASD (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007). Behaviors exhibited by these unique individuals include impairment of social interaction and communication abilities and restricted, repetitive behaviors. Treatment and supports have been found to be effective in teaching new skills, replacing challenging behaviors, and improving occupational functioning for people with ASDs.  As interest increases in providing appropriate identification and support for people on the autism spectrum, interest in professionals with training and experience in ASDs also increases.  This certificate will provide professionals in training from four disciplines with documented skills and experiences related to ASDs.

Program Admission

  • Students applying for this certificate program must be currently enrolled in Eastern Kentucky University masterís programs in clinical psychology, communication disorders, occupational therapy, and/or special education, or specialist program in school psychology. Post-degree students with graduate degrees in one of these fields will also be considered, although the focus of the certificate is on pre-service training.
  • Prospective ASD certificate students should submit application form and 2 page purpose statement to the faculty member listed for their department.
  • Two reference letters should be sent separately to the faculty member listed for the department.  A faculty representative from each discipline represented in the emphasis program will sit on the admissions committee.
  • Three to four graduate students from each of represented disciplines will be admitted each academic year, so that the program will be comprised of a multidisciplinary group of students and taught by a multidisciplinary set of instructors. Applications should be received by each program in adherence with deadlines for the programís standard application.

Course Requirements
See graduate catalog for course descriptions.

  • OTS 863 (3 credit hours) – Occupation and Sensory Processing
  • PSY 777 (3 credit hours) - The Autism Spectrum
  • CDS 867 (3 credit hours) - Advanced Language Disorders
  • SED 790 (3 credit hours) - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • OT 831 (2 credit hours) - Practicum in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • OT 846 (3 - 5 credit hours as needed) - Community Practice Fieldwork

The application of knowledge and skills learned in prerequisite courses to those with ASD in a supervised clinical and/or educational setting that specializes in assessment, intervention, and/or education for those with ASD.  Students will work on interdisciplinary teams to assess and provide individual and group intervention.  Supervision will be provided by faculty with expertise in ASD. Students will be expected to attend an approved off-campus regional training conference/meeting on ASD either before or during their practicum experience.

Students will also be required to receive a passing score on an Oral Comprehensive Exam, to be administered at the completion of their course requirements and before they go on internship.

Who is Eligible?

This certificate will train a select group of current EKU graduate students and post-graduate degree students in clinical psychology, school psychology, occupational therapy, special education, and communication disorders to provide services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Faculty Members

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Dr. Justin Cooper
Associate Professor of Special Education
Department of Special Education

Dr. Charlotte Hubbard
Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders
Department of Special Education

Dr. Peggy Wittman
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy

Adjunct Faculty

Neelkamal Soares, MD, FAAP
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
University of Kentucky


Credit Hours

The certificate will consist of 18 credit hours of certificate course work, supported by other relevant coursework taken within the student’s discipline. This program will prepare students to provide communication, social-emotional, behavioral, occupational, educational, and community services to individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their community service providers. Students will be engaged in both didactic and practicum-based learning experiences. Specifically, students successfully completing this certificate will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in effective assessment
    and intervention for individuals with ASD.
  2. Compare and contrast evidenced-based intervention strategies used for those with ASD.
  3. Effectively collaborate with parents and other professionals
    in the assessment and intervention process. 
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to consumers with ASD in schools, clinics, home, or in the workplace
  5. Appreciate the need for skilled service provision to those
    with ASD

Classes will be taught online and face-to-face on campus. Classes can be taken in any order but successful completion of at least two of them will be required before a student can enroll in Practicum and Fieldwork courses. Practicum experiences will  be completed at the EKU Psychology Clinic or the EKU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in Richmond, Kentucky or at other locations  approved by the graduate students’ advisor, instructor, and/or clinical supervisor.

Model Curriculum for ASD Certificate Across Disciplines

 

SEMESTER

   PSYCH

OT

SPEECH

SP Ed

Summer (i.e., 2009)

    PSY 777

PSY 777

PSY 777

PSY 777

Semester I (fall) 2009

    none

none

none

none

Semester II (spring) 2010

    PSY 843
   (autism Practicum)

Practicum OTS 831 and
CDS 867

CDS 867, CDS 874
(autism practicum)

 

Semester III (summer) 2010

    none

OT 863

OT 863
CDS 874 alternative

OT 863

Semester IV (fall) 2010

    SED 790

SED 790

SED 790

SED 790

Semester V (spring) 2011

    CDS 867

Fieldwork

 

 

Semester VI (summer) 2011

    OTS 863

 

 

 

 

AUTISM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM STUDENT MANUAL
 

AUTISM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
 

APPLICATION FOR SIMULTANEOUS CURRICULA
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER PROGRAM