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Autism Asperger's & ADHD - Introduction to the Module (2014)

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The first lecture in the University of Derby Psychology Module 'Autism Asperger's & ADHD' (6PS503) - Introduction to the Module (2014). Given by Dr Simon Bignell (Senior Lecturer in Psychology)

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Autism Asperger's & ADHD - Introduction to the Module (2014)

  1. 1. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE Introduction to the Module 1 16
  2. 2. AAA – Introduction to the module The module team Learning Outcomes Introduction to the module Structure of the module – Sections (Lectures for on-campus students) – Seminars • Assessment • Blackboard Website Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • • • • 2 16
  3. 3. The Module Team • Plus members of the Psychology team in the seminars, tba. • Plus the teaching support staff at the University • The best way to contact us is by email, office hours or the Forum. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • Dr Simon Bignell (Module Leader) – s.bignell@derby.ac.uk – Room N208, Kedleston Road Campus – Telephone: +44(0)1332 593043 (ext. 3043) 3 16
  4. 4. Learning Outcomes of the module On completion of the module you will be able to: Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and practices relating to Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. 2. UNDERGRADUATE 1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of research and mainstream theories of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 4 16
  5. 5. Introduction to the module Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Autistic Disorder / Autism. • Asperger’s Syndrome (of ASD in DSM-V). • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). • Focussing on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. • You will be encouraged to consider the often fine line between Autistic Spectrum Disorders and the subtypes of AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. 5 16
  6. 6. Introduction to the module Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • The aim is to get you thinking about the similarities and differences between these three interrelated common developmental disorders: – perhaps to challenge your existing assumptions. – to look at the experience of those with the conditions and their carers. – to link with the academic literature. 6 16
  7. 7. Structure of the module Reading and self-guided study. Sections (Lectures). Group Seminars. Forum. Blackboard Website. Discussion before and after lectures and seminars. • Email. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • • • • • • 7 16
  8. 8. On-Campus Students Lectures (Sections) Seminars Group Seminars Website Self Guided Study UNDERGRADUATE Room T111, 9-11 (9.30 start) Module Contents Guest Speakers Group A Room T111, 11-12 or Group B Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 Room T111, 12-1 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 8 16
  9. 9. Sections (on-campus students) Section 1 – Module Introduction. Section 2 – ADHD and Hyperkinetic Disorder. Section 3 – Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism). Section 4 – Asperger's Disorder. Section 5 – Classification, Assessment & Diagnosis. Section 6 – Aetiology. Section 7 – Comorbidity. Section 8 – Treatment For ADHD. Section 9 – Treatment For Autism. Section 10 – Autism, Asperger's and ADHD. Section 11 – Revision & Exam Tips. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE            9 16
  10. 10. Themes. Misdiagnosis vs. Missed diagnosis. Behavioural/Cognitive vs. Pharmacological treatment. Normal vs. Pathological behaviour. Continuum vs. Categorical classification. Academia & Parental viewpoints. Aetiological vs. Symptomatological. Evidence-based vs. Anecdotal-based methods. Acceptance vs. Rejection of Disorder. Mild vs. Severe degrees of impairment. Increasing incidence vs. Better awareness. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • • • • • • • • • • 10 16
  11. 11. Group Seminars (on-campus students only) UNDERGRADUATE Group meetings for discussion, debate, workshop activities, videos and looking at research papers/publications. You’ll be expected to do academic reading for these. Week 1: No Seminar Week 2: Seminar 1 - Introduction to ADHD Week 3: Seminar 2 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder Week 4: Seminar 3 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder Week 5: Seminar 4 - Classification, Assessment and Diagnosis Week 6: Seminar 5 - Aetiology of ASD and ADHD Week 7: Seminar 6 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder; or Guest Speaker* Week 8: Seminar 7 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder; or Guest Speaker* Week 9: Seminar 8 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder; or Guest Speaker* Week 10: Seminar 9 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder; or Guest Speaker* Week 11: Seminar 10 - Videos on ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder; or Guest Speaker* *Guest speakers are to be confirmed. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 11 16
  12. 12. Assessment • • Assessment is 100 per cent by exam. The campus examination is 2 hours long. Answer 2 questions from 6 (one pair of questions from three questions sets.) A) i) ?? ii) ?? Or B) i) ?? ii) ?? Or C) Campus Spring Exam Period (Monday 28 April - Friday 9 May 2014) See: http://www.derby.ac.uk/exam/exam-timetable UNDERGRADUATE Answer one pair of questions from either set A, B, or C: i) ?? ii) ?? • • Note: Questions will differ from previous years’ exam papers. Note: Distance Learners have a different assessment. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 12 16
  13. 13. What Is The Format Of The Exam? Mock exam questions Look at the past papers on the Forum Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE Answer one pair of questions from set A, B, or C: A) i) Using evidence from research, evaluate the suggestion that the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are explainable as one end of a continuum of normal human behaviour. ii) Illustrate the factors that may obstruct the treatment of Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Or B) i) Assess the issues surrounding the use of food supplements and special diets in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ii) Using evidence from research, outline how the symptoms of Autism may impair children’s cognitive and social development. Or C) i) Using evidence from research, summarise the support for the main theories of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ii) Discuss why early intervention is important for children diagnosed with Autism. 13 16
  14. 14. What Are The Exam Questions? • • • • • UNDERGRADUATE • Note: Questions will differ from previous years’ exam papers. • With reference to research... • Using evidence from research... • Using evidence from research and/or theory... • "......", Discuss. Diagnosis of Autism/ADHD. Theories of Autism/ADHD. Causes of Autism/ADHD. Subtypes of ADHD. Assessment & Treatment of Autism/ADHD. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 14 16
  15. 15. Resources Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) UNDERGRADUATE • UDO -> Blackboard for main web pages. • Web pages are constantly being updated/improved. • All lecture materials (from previous years) are released upfront. Minor updates before lecture. • All lecture audio recordings are released upfront. • Online Forum for main discussion and some interactive content. • Suggestions for seminar content and reading encouraged. 15 16
  16. 16. Recommended Reading The recommended text is: • Kennedy, D.M. (2002). The ADHD-Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment. CO: Waterbook Press. ISBN 1-57856-498-0. • Uta Frith (2003) Autism: Explaining the Enigma. Blackwell. • Simon Baron-Cohen (1995) Mindblindness: An Essay On Autism And Theory Of Mind. The MIT Press. • Tony Attwood (2007) The Complete Guide To Asperger’s Syndrome. JKP. • Martin Kutscher (2005) Kids In The Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More! JKP. • UNDERGRADUATE These are also recommended: • Russell Barkley (1997) ADHD and the nature of self-control. Guilford Press. Jacqui Jackson (2004) Multicoloured Mayhem: Parenting the many shades of adolescents and children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD. JKP. Lecturer: Simon Bignell Section: 1 of 11 ‘Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD’ (6PS503) 16 16

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