Today, every school in America has students who have been diagnosed with ASD (Austim Spectrum Disorder)—a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. The effects of this disorder vary widely, but it is important for every teacher to understand how to recognize behaviors that may indicate ASD. In this course, you take away strategies for working effectively with ASD students. And you will find out how to work effectively with parents to create the most positive learning environments for children and teens with this disorder. The course is geared for K-12 teachers, but it is also relevant for counselors, faculty in higher education, parents, and anyone else interested in understanding this important issue.
Unit 1: What is ASD
-How is ASD diagnosed?
-What kinds of behaviors are common among ASD students?
-What experiences are typical for ASD students in school?
Unit 2: Effective Communication and Learning Environment
-What constitutes a comfortable environment?
-How to tell if your ASD student is feeling lost.
-Bullying and inclusion.
Unit 3: Effective Interventions
-Enforcing the IEP and 504 plans.
-Teens and ASD.
Unit 4: Working with Parents
-Listening to parent concerns.
-Understanding parents’ experiences and perspective.
-Creating parent/teacher teamwork.