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PSY 3561: Autism Pre-Practicum

Spring 2010 Syllabus
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The purpose of the Autism Pre-Practicum is to develop a basic Discrete Trial Training repertoire in undergraduate and graduate students prior to their entrance into the Croyden Avenue School Practicum.

What is the Pre-Practicum?

The Pre-Practicum Training Course (also known as Pre-Prac) is a required pre-requisite open to all WMU students who want to take the PSY 3570 Basic Practicum Course at Croyden Avenue School.  Undergraduates take Pre-Prac for the last 7 weeks of the semester before they plan on the Basic Practicum.  Pre-Prac is also a course offered for incoming Master’s students who have not had any previous experience working at Croyden Avenue School or that have not been there in a long time.

What will we do in Pre-Prac?

Students will be given a general background of Croyden Avenue School, an introduction to autism, and some basic training in Discrete Trial Therapy, which is the basis of the Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed (ECDD) classroom at Croyden Avenue School.  Students will also be provided several opportunities to visit the practicum site to get a tour, practice taking data, and even run some procedures with some of the children.

When is the Pre-Practicum offered?

Pre-Prac for Spring 2010 will begin March 8, 2010 and is offered either or Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6-7:30 P.M.  Wednesday seminar will be in 2902 Wood Hall and Thursday seminar will be held in 2908 Wood Hall.

When should I take the Pre-Practicum Course?

For students who are planning on taking the Basic Practicum in the Summer or Fall of 2010, it is recommended that the Pre-Practicum course is taken in Spring 2010.  For those students who are not taking the Basic Practicum until Spring of  2011.

Who do I contact?

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Pre-Practicum, please contact us at

Joey Norcross, Senior System Manager
Julie Sanchez, Junior System Manager
Taylor Babcock, Undergraduate Assistant
Adam Sobeck, Undergraduate Assistant