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Most individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have some unevenness in cognitive abilities - some cognitive area in which skills have not developed to the expected level, contrasted with other areas of cognitive functioning that are at or above age level. Indeed, atypical cognitive processing often underlies the challenges experienced by individuals with ASD. This module will describe these cognitive differences and discuss their impact on behavior and learning.

  • What's Included
  • 15 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Identify behaviors that may indicate cognitive differences related to ASD.
  2. List and describe the theories often used to explain the cognitive differences of individuals with ASD: central coherence, executive function, and theory of mind.
  3. Identify cognitive strengths often exhibited by individuals with ASD.
  4. Show an understanding of the relationship between cognitive differences related to autism and school functioning.
  5. Show an understanding of the relationship between cognitive differences related to ASD and social functioning.

Module Authors

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is co-creator of a comprehensive model of intervention. Along with Dr. Barry Grossman, Dr. Aspy has written The Ziggurat Model, winner of the 2008 Autism Society of America Award for literary book of the year. Dr. Aspy speaks internationally. She has experience in both clinical and school settings. Dr. Aspy has facilitated in the establishment of innovative training programs for parents of children with ASD.

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