Autism and Developmental Disorders


Course Objective

This course will offer a critical overview of recent research on
phenotype, cause, prevalence, co-morbidity, assessment and treatment of
autism spectrum disorders. Students will also be informed about the most
recent assessment and treatment methods available.

Course Content

Autism Spectrum Disorders are complex neurobiological disorders that
last throughout an individual’s lifetime. With a prevalence of 1 in 68,
they are more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
However, few disorders seem more confusing than autism. Common
stereotypes, of the withdrawn, mute child with repetitive activities, do
no justice to the wide variety of individuals with an autism spectrum
diagnosis. To date, there is no single treatment protocol for all
children with autism spectrum disorders. More importantly, the
information about the effectiveness of treatments is very limited. While
the main focus will be on autism, several other disorders with
overlapping problem domains will also be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and presentation meetings.

Method of Assessment

Research project, written and oral presentation.


Recent research papers provided through Canvas.

Additional Information

This course is taught every two years. It will be taught in 2018-19, but
not in 2019-20.

General Information

Course Code P_MAUTDEV
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. S.M. Begeer
Examiner dr. S.M. Begeer
Teaching Staff dr. S.M. Begeer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group