Autism: Myths and Mysteries

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Mondays, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  4-week course (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22)

Despite many years of research, autism remains a largely mysterious disorder.  Science does not have a complete understanding of the cause and consequences of autism nor of how to prevent or cure this disorder. Perhaps because of these knowledge gaps, autism has attracted many myths and outright hoaxes.  Some of these have caused direct or indirect harm to persons with autism and their families. This course is designed to help members gain a better understanding of autism—what it is, what causes autism, and what therapies work.  Even more important, this course is designed to help members to sort through the sometimes conflicting claims about autism to enable them to help friends and family who may be dealing with family members who are autistic.  S. Jay Kuder has been a professor of special education at Rowan University (NJ) for over 35 years and the founder and former coordinator of the autism certificate program at the university.  He has published Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disorders and numerous research articles.  His current research and writing focus on college-age students with autism.