PSMB046 Autism spectrum disorders

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Mgr. Katarína Kemková (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Irena Komendová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Students should be interested in the topic of autism spectrum disorders, mainly the theoretical background (classification, diagnostics, cognitive theories of autism...). They are ready to be active in class disscussions.
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 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
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, diagnostic 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 2. Basic information about autism, students’ experience with people with ASD 3. Non-traditional view on ASD – rigidity and rules 4. Non-traditional view on ASD – alterations in sensory perception 1st part 5. Non-traditional view on ASD – alterations in sensory perception 2nd part 6. Theories of ASD - weak central coherence theory 7. Theories of ASD – theory of mind, 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. Homework presentations 12. Final discussion about the course, course completion
    required literature
  • Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, Vol 2: 217-250. Retrieved from
  • VERMEULEN, Peter. Autistické myšlení. Translated by Iva Strnadová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2006. 130 s. ISBN 8024716003. info
  • 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
  • THOROVÁ, Kateřina. Poruchy autistického spektra. 2012. ISBN 978-80-262-0215-8. 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
  • 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
  • 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:
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 and finally participate in the discussion at the end of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
There will be an e-course for the course where all the materials will be uploaded.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
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