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Clinical Assessment and Treatment: The autism spectrum disorders


NB Language of instruction is Dutch.

Admission requirements

Clinical assessment and treatment: general introduction


This specialized course focuses on diagnostic assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Topics include etiology (among which genetic syndromes with an increased risk for ASD), (neuro)psychological markers, recent advances in diagnostic assessment and evidence based treatments. In addition, attention will be paid to atypical presentations of ASD (women, regression).
This component builds further on the Clinical Assessment and Treatment: general introduction course, and – where applicable – the Clinical skills (Clinical Assessment and Treatment) course.

Course objectives

  • State of the art knowledge of the etiology and specific needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Ability to translate scientific knowledge regarding ASD to parents and professionals
    • Knowledge of and insight into diagnostic assessment procedures for ASD
    • Insight into basic elements of treatment of ASD
    • Knowledge of evidence based treatments of ASD

Achievement levels: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-19.



Mode of instruction

The course consists of 10 lectures, a paper and a written exam.

Assessment method

Written exam and paper.

The paper consists of a subject in diagnostic assessment or treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Students choose a topic based on a list that will be presented during the first meeting. The paper includes 1500-2000 words (excl. title page, table of contents, and reference list), letter size 12 (Arial/Times), line space 1.5. Literature search is performed by the students and needs to result into a minimum of 80% English-language, peer-reviewed articles with at least 3 recent references (2010 or later). The paper is graded in a pass/fail manner; in case of a fail situation there will be opportunity for re-examination. A second fail requires re-examination in the following year.

N.B. It is NOT a requirement to pass the paper before taking the exam. However, both exam and paper need to be completed successfully in order to pass the course.


This course makes use of Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Matson, J.L. & Sturmey, P. (2011). International Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Springer.
    • A combination of articles and books (to be specified later).


Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exams and re-exams. Student who do not register, cannot attend courses or take exams.


  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of 100 calendar days through 10 calendar days before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of 100 calendar days through 10 calendar days before the first seminar at the latest.


Student must register for each exam through uSis. This is only possible until 10 calendar days before the exam. More information on exam registration

Contact information

Co-ordinator: Dr. M.P.Ketelaars
For the duration of the course, Dr. Ketelaars will have a consultation hour directly following the lecture.