PSMB025 Autism spectrum disorders

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Daniela Halámková (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Thu 18:00–19:40 C51
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 17 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 11/17, only registered: 0/17
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims to provide detailed information about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) - its classification, sub-categories, diagnostical criteria and brief history. The main focus is on current cognitive theories of autism and understanding the behavior of people with autism. In the end a discussion about possible treatments and different situation of ASD care in European countries will take place.
Learning outcomes
In the end of the course students will be familiar with specific ways of treating, working or living with people with autism. They will get to know the diagnostic criteria and diagnostic tools and work with them, as well as they will get to know main modern theories of autism and some facts about the actual situation of care for people with ASD in Czech and Slovak republic. Students will be able to use the gained knowledge in real life situations.
  • 1. Opening class, course outline, requirements, basic information about autism, students’ experience with people with ASD
  • 2. Non-traditional view on ASD – rigidity and rules
  • 3. Non-traditional view on ASD – alterations in sensory perception 1
  • 4. Non-traditional view on ASD – alterations in sensory perception 2
  • 5. Theories of ASD - weak central coherence theory
  • 6. Theories of ASD – theory of mind
  • 7. Theories of ASD – other theories
  • 8. Methods used in treatment of ASD – motivation, visualisation, systemizing
  • 9. Methods used in treatment of ASD – are all of the used methods useful?
  • 10. Situation in Czech and Slovak republic, daily problems of people with ASD and their families
  • 11. Optional topic
  • 12. Final discussion about students‘ essays, course completion
    required literature
  • Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, Vol 2: 217-250. Retrieved from
  • World Health Organization. (1992). The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders: Clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines. Geneva: World Health Organization.
  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Neurodevelopmental Disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). doi:
  • BOGDASHINA, Ol‘ga. Sensory perceptual issues in autism and Asperger syndrome : different sensory experiences, different perceptual worlds. Edited by Wendy Lawson - Theo Peeters. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2003. 217 s. ISBN 1843101661. info
    recommended literature
  • BOGDASHINA, Ol‘ga. Theory of mind and the triad of perspectives on autism and Asperger syndrome : a view from the bridge. 1st pub. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006. 334 s. ISBN 1843103613. info
  • BRAUNS, Axel. Pestrostíni a netopýři : můj život v jiném světě. Translated by Zdeněk Jančařík. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2011. 309 s. ISBN 9788073678326. info
  • GRANDIN, Temple and Richard PANEK. Mozek autisty : myšlení napříč spektrem. Translated by Šárka D. Tripesová. Vydání první. Praha: Mladá fronta, 2014. 269 stran. ISBN 9788020431158. info
  • VERMEULEN, Peter. Autistické myšlení. Translated by Iva Strnadová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2006. 130 s. ISBN 8024716003. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion, 90 minutes, once a week.
Assessment methods
Students have to attend at least 80% of the lectures, fulfill 2 homework assignments (write two short essays) and finally participate in the discussion at the end of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018.
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