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Autism & Behavioural Science

Available at: Kingston

Overview

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can affect an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize and function effectively at home, school and in their community. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can be used to develop new skills including language, social and play skills, self-help skills, academics, motor skills, life skills and appropriate behaviour.

Students in this highly specialized program learn to use a variety of evidence-based approaches to develop the skills of individuals with ASD across the lifespan by reviewing relevant literature, developing intervention plans, implementing behaviour change programs, and collecting data to ensure intervention strategies effectively meet established goals.

Graduates:

  • Understand the characteristics of the full spectrum of ASD and how human development occurs in the neuro-typical population;
  • Know the range of evidence-based practices in autism treatment;
  • Know how to complete curriculum-based assessments and functional assessments;
  • Can plan, implement, and monitor interventions based on these assessment results;
  • Show leadership in the workplace by contributing knowledge and skills for practical solutions related to the treatment of ASD.

As this is a graduate certificate program, students can expect an intensive workload. Classes combine theory with active learning experiences and group work. Field placements are available in a range of settings and some may require the use of a vehicle.

Check out the student opportunities to be involved with the Centre for Behavioural Studies.

Highlights

Career Opportunities

Graduates have been successfully employed as Instructor Therapists working 1:1 or in small groups to provide intensive behaviour intervention (IBI), as behaviour therapists and autism specialists in a variety of community settings, and in school boards. Career opportunities may be more abundant in some areas of the province than others.

Program Name

Autism & Behavioural Science

Program Code

1027

Credential

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates

September

Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books and supplies are estimated to be $1,000 for the year. Access to a computer at home or at the college is required, along with basic computer skills in word processing and Internet searches.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1
AUBS 1 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
AUBS 2 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
AUBS 4 Ethics and Professionalism
AUBS 5 Working With Families & Teams
AUBS 9 Specialized Instructional Strategies
AUBS 6 Field Placement I
BEHA 5 Non-violent Crisis Intervention

Semester 2
AUBS 3 Treating Challenging Behaviours
AUBS 7 Behavioural Skill Building
AUBS 8 Parent & Staff Training
AUBS 10 Transition Planning & Implementation
AUBS 11 Field Placement II

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit www.ontransfer.ca to search for options relevant to your program area of study.



>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree with a specialty in community services or social services including Psychology, Education or related health discipline

Prerequisites

Health Requirements

IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition
for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM (pdf)

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:  Immunizations@sl.on.ca

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Testimonials

My time at St. Lawrence changed the direction of my life, professionally and personally.

Graduating from McMaster with a B.A. and later from Queens' with a B.Ed did little to get me a job or satisfaction in life. After working with a previous graduate from two St. Lawrence programs, I took her advice and enrolled in Autism and Behaviour Science for the 2012-2013 academic year. With knowledge and skills I gained from this program, I was able to secure several job offers in Ontario and in Alberta. After working with the phenomenal Terry Duncan at Children's Autism Services of Edmonton, I moved into my current position as a behavioural specialist at a residential care company in Edmonton. I love my job because I can make effective change in people's lives every day.

Personally, I made lifelong friends with my program colleagues and greatly enjoyed working in the Math and Writing Center. I learned that its not necessarily about competition for the next job (as it always seems to be with teaching), but about the network you build to help each other. While in my program, I met with Early Childhood Educators, Personal Support Workers, psychology students and other future professionals; Human Services is about helping people and the best way to do that is through team approach. In part due to my time at St. Lawrence, I have a wonderful team.



Sarah Elizabeth Iori

Program Contact

Meaghen Shaver
mshaver@sl.on.ca

Admissions Information

Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:
dreamit@sl.on.ca

International Students Contact:
international@sl.on.ca


Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm.

Criminal Background Check:
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

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