Course Descriptions

Spring 2014 courses will be offered in Chicopee and Lee and are scheduled to accommodate busy professionals. Read descriptions for courses offered at each location below.

Chicopee

ASD 501.01 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Instructor: Julie Tanguay, M.S. Ed.

Wednesdays, January 22 –May 7 5:15-7:45 p.m.

Autism spectrum disorders reflect a range of diversity and severity. This course provides an introduction to autism spectrum disorders from early diagnosis through adulthood. Course content will include definitions, methodologies, legal aspects, trends and issues, and current research related to individuals with autism. All issues will be discussed in the context of difficulties presented by an autism spectrum disorder, related to school, family, and community participation. The course will review the converging challenges and goals of autism research, including contributions by genetics and neuroimaging technologies. Strategies used to teach communication skills and to help individuals with autism achieve the desired level of independent living are explored.

ASD 662/762.01 Principles of Social Cognition and Communication (1 credit)

Instructor: Pamela Ely, M.S., CCC-SLP

Saturday, March 1 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This course will explore, through practical application, the learning that is necessary for those persons with some neurological challenge, who must be explicitly taught the skills of social communication. This course will define issues and the presenting style of individuals with social thinking challenges. It will also lay a foundation for treatment tools and techniques to effect substantial growth for these individuals in the multi-faceted areas that are impacted by social thinking inefficiencies such as how to discern conversational hierarchies, develop listening skills, decipher and utilize body language, and scaffold their narratives so that their listeners have enough context to follow along. Students in this course will learn to teach and infuse these social communication skills in the school, clinic, and community.

ASD 670/770.01 Use of Pragmatic Language for Social Communication (2 credits)

Instructor: Elsa Abele, M.S., CCC-SLP

Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This course will discuss the needs of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities and Language Learning Disabilities who are in need of services to increase their skills in social communication, or pragmatic language, so that they can succeed in school. This workshop will focus on treatment for the learning of conversation and listening skills, personal narrative skills and verbally mediated problem solving. The material will cover diagnosis of social communication deficits, goal setting, and infusion of the principles into regular classroom settings.

ASD 672/772.01 Social Communication in the Preschool/Early Primary Environment (1 credit)

Instructor: Jana Pfeiffer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Saturday, April 12 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This course will provide information about social communication deficits in young children with Asperger Syndrome. Special attention will be given to the developmental steps that seem to come slowly for this group of individuals and how to encourage their development in the pre-school/early primary environment through the genre of play.

CSD 614.01 Counseling Methods in Communication Disorders (3 credits)

Instructor: Steven Dykstra, M.S., CCC-SLPP

Mondays, January 27 -May 5 6:40 - 9:10 p.m.

In this course, students will become familiar with various models of counseling. Students will develop basic skills required to work effectively with patients and their families in one-on- one and group settings. The format of this course will be both lecture and in-class exercises. These in-class exercises will be designed to develop basic counseling skills needed to work with patients with communication disorders and their families. Student participation will be essential to this course. Although this is a 600 level course, it may be taken by CSD and ASD CAGS students.

Lee

CSD 645/745.LE Sensory Integration Intervention Techniques (2 credits)

Instructor: Amy Delaney, M.S., OTR/L

April 11, 12 - 11:00am to 8:00pm

This course is appropriate for individuals who would like to further their understanding of sensory integration intervention and of how to incorporate principles and treatment techniques into their practice. The focus will be on learning more about sensory integration theory as it has evolved over time, current research trends, intervention planning, and home programming. The course will include lecture, case studies, video presentations, and practical labs for hands on experience. Prerequisite: CSD 643/743 Sensory Integration

 Summer 2014 Courses will be held in Chicopee. Read the descriptions below.

ASD 610/710 Research & Experimental Design (3 credits) Part of BACB sequence Restricted to ASD MS and CAGS students

Instructor: Jennifer McIntire

Dates: 5/13/14, 5/14/14, 5/19/14, 5/21/14, 5/28/14, 6/4/14, 6/11/14, 6/18/14, 6/25/14, 7/1/14 (moodle), 7/9/14, 7/16/14, and 7/23/14

The course will focus on research foundations and research studies for treating autism spectrum disorders. Students will learn foundations of single subject research, including improving and assessing the quality of behavioral measurement and displaying and interpreting behavioral data. Then, students will learn basic concepts in the analysis of behavior, including components of experiments, experimental designs, social validity, and threats to internal and external validity. Students will then study the foundational single-subject research studies in the treatment of autism, and then provide critical analysis of current research studies. Prerequisites: ASD 601/701, ASD 602/702, ASD 603/703.

ASD 612/712 Professional Practice of ABA (3 credits) Part of BACB sequence Restricted to ASD MS and CAGS students

Instructor: Caroline Redpath

Dates: 5/19/14, 5/21/14, 5/28/14, 6/2/14, 6/4/14, 6/9/14, 6/11/14, 6/16/14, 6/18/14, 6/23/14, 6/ 25/14, 6/30/14, 7/2/14

This course is designed to prepare students for the ethical and professional practice of applied behavior analysis. Students will learn about the foundations of professional and ethical behavior needed to insure a high quality of practice in behavior analysis. Included will be discussions of professional representation of oneself and the field of behavior analysis, dissemination of professional values, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct, evaluating behavior change, collaborating with other professionals, relationships with clients, agencies, and colleagues. The course content will be provided through course readings, lectures, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, and role-playing. Prerequisites: ASD 602/702, ASD 603/703, ASD 604/704, ASD 605/705, ASD 610/710.

ASD 675/775 Classroom Applications in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits) Part of BACB sequence Restricted to ASD MS, ASD CAGS, and CSD CAGS students concentrating in ASD

Instructor: Lyndsey Nunes

Thursdays, May 22 to August 14, 5-8 p.m.

This course will focus on classroom applications of evidenced-based practice for students with ASD, and will be conducted in live classrooms. Topics will include communication intervention; functional analysis of problem behavior; positive behavioral supports; programming for generalization and maintenance; ethical issues; and program evaluation. Prerequisites: ASD 601/701, ASD 602/702 and ASD 603/703.

CSD 626/726.01 Introduction to Epidemiology (1 credit)

Instructor: Janet Williams, Ph.D.

Monday, June 30 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The purpose of this one-day course is to provide an intensive introduction to epidemiology for health and education professionals interested in learning epidemiology that deals with human disease, in particular infectious disease. The course will overview the different study designs used to evaluate risk factors and the role of medical and public health interventions on controlling disease spread. Contemporary problems, including HIV and emerging diseases will be highlighted. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of basic principles of infectious disease dynamics and control.

CSD 639/739 Written Language Development & Assessment (1 credit)

Instructor: Steven Dykstra

Saturday, July 12 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This course will review the normal development of writing skills, support or foundation skills for writing, and coordination with other curriculum areas. Specific ways of determining skill levels, using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and other guidelines for curriculum development, and a specific approach to teaching grade level writing abilities will also be discussed. Participants will learn about types of writing disabilities, interventions for diagnosis and remediation of writing weaknesses, and core concepts for writing IEP objectives and accommodations. Lastly, the use of technology and implications for future research will be included in the course discussion. The emphasis will be on learning hands-on, practical information that could be used in the classroom or therapy session.

CSD 643/743.01 Sensory Integration (1 credits)

Instructor: Amy Delaney, M.S., OTR/L

Thursday June 26 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This course will provide an overview of sensory integration theory and practice as developed by Dr. Jean Ayres with updated information from current occupational therapists in the field. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to incorporate sensory integration theory and techniques into practice with children and how to identify when a child might need further evaluation. Case studies will be presented and discussed to further understanding and help the student problem solve around different treatment scenarios. Videos of children receiving sensory integration based intervention will be shown followed by opportunities for discussions and brainstorming. Students should take away a general working knowledge of sensory integration theory and intervention, how to implement strategies into treatment sessions, and when to refer a child for an evaluation. Counts as elective for ASD MS and ASD CAGS.

CSD 645/745.01 Sensory Integration Intervention Techniques (2 credits)

Instructor: Amy Delaney, M.S., OTR/L

Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This course is appropriate for individuals who would like to further their understanding of sensory integration intervention and of how to incorporate principles and treatment techniques into their practice. The focus will be on learning more about sensory integration theory as it has evolved over time, current research trends, intervention planning, and home programming. The course will include lecture, case studies, video presentations, and practical labs for hands on experience. Prerequisite: CSD 643/743 Sensory Integration.

CSD 673/773 Comprehension Strategies Instruction (CSI) (1 credit)

Instructors: Linda Lafontaine and Lisa Fuller

Saturday, June 21 9 a.m. -6 p.m.

The National Reading Panel has identified several research based strategies to facilitate reading comprehension. This course will review these strategies and present several evidence-based strategies for the remediation of reading comprehension weaknesses. Hands-on activities will be included. This course is designed for teachers who have basic knowledge of reading instruction, but wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in remedial techniques and available materials. Participants are expected to apply the methods and techniques studied, as well as critique the materials.

Contact Us

Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Sharon Williamson
Academic Assistant/Coordinator

413-265-2253
willamsons@elms.edu