SPE 521 – Interview Assignment Overview Assignment Purpose
Conduct an interview with an individual with autism or parent (or the equivalent caregiver) of a person with autism. This interview can be conducted in person, by phone, or online. You will create the questions ahead of time that will help you to best respond to each of the items on the assignment scoring grid, and share those with your discussion team to get feedback before you conduct your interview. If you do not know individuals with autism (or their parents/caregivers) personally, you can also use online forums to find individuals to interview. You will then prepare a paper in which you to demonstrate the relationship between what you find out during your interview and materials presented by experts in the field. Please download and review the Interview Assignment Overview for a detailed description of the assignment, frequently asked questions, and the scoring grid.
SPE 521 – Interview Assignment Overview
The purpose of this interview is to provide you with the opportunity to learn how individuals with autism, or parents/caregivers of individuals with autism, deal with autism in their daily lives.Â This assignment will also help you to demonstrate the relationship between what you find out during your interview and materials presented by experts in the field.
The deliverable for this assignment is a 3-4 page double-spaced narrative paper written in APA style.
Please complete the following tasks:
Step 1: Conduct an interview and prepare the paper.
Conduct an interview with an individual with autism or parent (or the equivalent caregiver) of a person with autism. This interview can be conducted in person, by phone, or online. You will create the questions ahead of time that will help you to best respond to each of the items on the assignment scoring grid, and share those with your discussion team to get feedback before you conduct your interview. Of course, these questions are only guidelines. If interesting topics come up during the interview, it is ok to deviate from your questions and find out more about the experiences of the individual or parent. If you do not know individuals with autism (or their parents/caregivers) personally, you can also use online forums to find individuals to interview.
Step 2: Prepare a paper. Connect the individualâ€™s or parentâ€™s/caregiverâ€™s experiences with material in the readings and viewings for the course (or other literature in the area). You are welcome to find additional readings that you feel best connect with the responses you receive during the interview. Highlight how information from the literature/videos were confirmed or refuted by the experiences of your interviewee.
Step 3: Save and submit your assignment.
When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy to your instructor using the lesson assignment link in Blackboard, as well as to your ePortfolio. Be sure to include a copy of the Interview Assignment Scoring Grid with your assignment to receive feedback.
The final date to submit this assignment is the end of Lesson 4 (11/11/14). You are welcome to submit the paper early, if you will have any difficulty submitting it on that date.
Interview Scoring Grid
Date Received: _____________________
Please use the scoring sheet to guide the organization and content of your interview.
|Expected Content||Your Points||Possible Points|
|Description of Family & Community
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Described the community context (where living, with whom, etc.)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Number and description of family members
|Description of Child or Adult with Autism
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chronological age (1)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Current placement/job (at school, work, etc.) (1)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Language skills (How does the individual communicate, and is this appropriate for their age/needs?) (2)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Social skills (e.g. does the individual have friends, good social interaction skills, etc.?) (2)
|Description of Experiences at Home:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 successes (e.g. describe things that the individual/parent is proud of or feels are going well within the home/living environment)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 support systems at home (what supports are already in place?)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 challenges
|Description of Experiences at School/Educational or Job Setting:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 successes
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 support systems at school/job (what supports are already in place?)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3 challenges
|Link to Readings and Viewings in the Course (include at least two different sources)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Consider the readings and viewings in the course, or other research literature you can find. Do the experiences of your interviewee confirm or refute the things you have seen and read? Specifically highlight at least 4 examples of how your intervieweeâ€™s responses fit or did not fit with the research literature/viewings.
|Format and Mechanics:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Grammatically correct and professional writing
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â APA Style
Parent Interview FAQs
- May I resubmit my paper if I donâ€™t receive the score I was working toward? Yes, you may resubmit the assignment one time. The resubmitted paper must be received within one week after you have received your initial grade. You may receive up to half the credit in the area or areas that you redo unless other arrangements have been made between you and your instructor.Edited areas must be highlighted or underlined.
- Should I redo the entire paper? Probably not. Redo only the sections that need to be more polished. For example, if you need to add another reference, do so, and use tracked changes in word to show what has been added, and how it has been linked to your intervieweeâ€™s responses.
- What is APA and where can I find examples of format style? APA stands for American Psychological Association. APA is the writing format used in most social science areas. You can purchase a copy of the APA manual to find in depth instruction and examples, or you can go online and find APA information. APA style information can be found athttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/