Social Skills, Communication and ASD

Subject 472-641 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Anna Bortoli
Subject Overview: Students should understand the different theories and symptomology of autism; communication skills; communication intervention, interaction styles; understanding social skills and social competence needs; working with social scripts; developing appropriate social skills intervention; informal and formal assessment of social and communication skills; addressing social relationships; intervention in interactive perspective taking deficits.
Assessment: Assignments equivalent to 4,000 words (100 per cent)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • understand the condition of ASD and its effect on social skills and communication;
  • develop skills in a range of social skills intervention and communication;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a range of interventions and assessment procedures;
  • be able to adapt and differentiate social and learning environments;
  • be able to work with parents and program team.

Generic Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • evaluate and apply new knowledge;
  • apply analytical and critical thinking skills in relation to communication and social skills needs;
  • improve capacity and skills to review research;
  • debate practices and approaches in communication and social skills intervention;
  • demonstrate leadership and teamwork when working with support teams in the design of communication and social skills programs;
  • clearly communicate children's progress to families and professionals.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150) Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 150A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Education (Stream 150B) Coursework
PD Diploma in Educational Studies (Inclusion and Special Education)
PG Certificate in Educational Studies (Inclusion and Special Education)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Stud.(Early Child.Intervention)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Generalist)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Generalist)External
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Generalist)
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Generalist) External

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