Learning and Communication in Children with Autism Certificate

Students completing this certificate program will learn about communication development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and learn about behavioral intervention strategies. It is designed to promote interest in undergraduates who may be considering careers such as education or becoming a therapist. An additional goal is to promote awareness of some of the communication challenges faced by individuals with ASD so that participants in the certificate program will become more informed citizens in our increasingly diverse world.

What is this certificate?

It’s an opportunity to gain formal recognition for completing courses and experiences specifically focused on learning and communication in children with autism. Completion of the certificate will be noted on the student’s transcripts.

Are there any admission requirements?


What do I need to do to earn the certificate?

Complete the following required courses:

  • SPLH 464: Undergraduate Seminar in Communication in Autism
  • ABSC 350: The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism

And complete one of the following courses in the Speech-Language-Hearing department:

  • SPLH 261: Survey of Communication Disorders
  • SPLH 566: Language Development
  • SPLH 497: Mentored Research Experience
  • SPLH 498: Departmental Honors Research

And complete one of the following (hands-on experiences):

  • ABSC 680: Practicum in Advanced Laboratory in the Development of Behavioral Treatments for Children with Autism
  • SPLH 452: Examining Global Perspectives in Speech-Language-Hearing: Study Abroad in Peru

Who can I ask about this certificate?

The following faculty can answer your questions:


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