Occupational Therapy Offers New Autism-Focused Study Abroad Course

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Occupational Therapy Offers New Autism-Focused Study Abroad Course

Kristie Koenig, Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy, will offer a new graduate-level study abroad course in London this coming January. The course, Strength-Based Paradigm: A Focus on Autism, will examine the treatment of children and youth with Autism in a variety of settings. Participants will examine the efficacy of intervention through a strength-based lens and compare and contrast the theoretical basis of interventions in the U.S. and the U.K.

"The United Kingdom has been a leader in not only looking at what individuals with autism can do instead of what they cannot, but also is at the forefront in studying long term outcomes. For example, England's National Health Service did the first study of autism prevalence in adults. This has lead to a more comprehensive understanding of autism as children grow up, which can be used to guide our understanding of strengths and challenges of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder," Koenig explained. Participants will attend lectures at the NYU London academic center and conduct site visits to local institutions to examine service delivery systems. The course will also offer ample opportunity to engage local professionals and visit cultural sites throughout the city.

NYU Steinhardt will offer more than a dozen January and spring break study abroad programs. Program admissions will open and complete course information will be available on August 1, 2017. Courses are open to graduate students from all NYU graduate and professional schools. Many courses are open to undergraduates as well. Details on Steinhardt’s need-based study abroad scholarships and additional scholarship resources are available here.