This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with regard for their needs and within the context of support work.  This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts who are responsible for their own outputs and are required to use some discretion and judgement.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - provided a range of interventions and supports to meet the needs of at least 3 individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - historical context of autism spectrum disorder; - current data and facts on autism spectrum disorder; - Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V); - International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems 10th revision (ICD-10); - Childhoood autism rating scale (CARS); - Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS); - Autism diagnostic interview - revised (ADI-R); - key issues associated with, and the impact of, autism spectrum disorder for the - person (including functioning), carers, and families including siblings; - facts and myths associated with autism spectrum disorder; - misconceptions and generalisations about autism spectrum disorder in the community; - legal and ethical requirements for working with individuals with autism disorder and how these are applied in an organisation and individual practice; - prompting, principles of prompting and fading prompting; - strategies to create independence; - motivators to learning, de-motivators and blocks, and; - maintenance techniques and generalisation.

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