HP 660 Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delay: Evaluation and Intervention Strategies, 3 credits

This course is designed for practicing occupational and physical therapists interested in learning more about autism and pervasive developmental delay. The instructors will guide participants to an understanding of complexities of these disorders, and evaluation and treatment of individuals with autism or PDD diagnosis. Causal factors, evaluative procedures, and treatment will be thoroughly explored. Specific attention will be given to motor planning, sensory modulation, and tactile discrimination disorders and their treatments. Through selected readings, case presentations, and discussions, the participants will become more proficient in prioritizing the underlying problems and designing holistic therapeutic interventions.