Massachusetts –Elms College and The College Internship Program (CIP) are teaming up to offer a graduate level course in autism spectrum disorders at CIP’s campus in Western Massachusetts. The course will be offered on November 12 & 13 and is intended for educators, professionals and others who work with individuals on the autism spectrum as well as students seeking a master’s of science degree in the field of autism.
The two credit course, entitled Using Pragmatic Language for Social Communication, will be taught by Elm’s Professor Elsa Abele, M.S., who also teaches courses for The Autism Association of New England (AANE). The class will focus on children and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and other learning differences who are in need of services to increase their communication and language skills. The course will cover diagnosing social deficits, instruction in conversation and listening skills, and how to incorporate these skills into a regular classroom setting.
This class marks the first Elms College course offered at CIP’s Berkshire campus in Lee, Mass. Elms is a co-ed liberal arts school located in Chicopee and offers the only masters program in autism spectrum disorders in New England. “We are very pleased to provide this opportunity for instruction and training for individuals who work with the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum,” commented Dr. Kathryn James, Chair of the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elms College.
CIP is a comprehensive national program that provides individualized social, academic, career and life skills instruction for students age 18-26 with Asperger’s, and other learning differences. “We are delighted to offer our first graduate level Elms course at CIP and look forward to building a lasting relationship with Elms and their cutting edge programs,” stated Dr. Michael McManmon, Founder of CIP.
An additional Elms course is scheduled for March 2011 at CIP’s Berkshire campus and will feature a presentation by Autism Speaks Board Member John Elder Robison, author of New York Times best seller Look Me in the Eye.
For more information about the November class, contact Donna Harvey at email@example.com or call 413-265-2445. Phone registration is available by contacting Diane Hartmann at 413-265-2314. The course can be taken for credit or can be audited for CEUs or PDPs. Space is limited.