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Course Description

This is an overview of autism spectrum disorders for teachers and paraprofessionals. We will examine the psychological, physiological, social, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Rett's disorder, Asperger's syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. 

The first half of this course will focus on definition, diagnosis, causes, intervention and program planning. The second half of this course will examine specific intervention strategies (involving ABA, TEAACH Model, and Self-Regulation). The last few lessons will also instruct on how to create learning goals, short term and long-term objectives, the IEP form and creating a lesson plan for students with Autism.

Course Goals: 

By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

1. The definition and characteristics of learners with autism spectral disorders
2. Causes and prevalence of autism
3. Assessment and education placement options for individuals who are considered in need of special education services
4. Intervention strategies
5. How to create learning goals and objectives
6. Become familiar with the IEP form
7. Become familiar with the process of creating a lesson plan for students with Autism

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction

    This introduction will go over course goals.
  • Lesson 2: Definition and Characteristics of Autism

    This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on the definitions and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Lesson 3: Causes of Autism

    This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on different theories of the causes of autism.
  • Lesson 4: Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism

    Diagnosis and Assessment Procedures will be the lesson focus.
  • Lesson 5: How to Write Short-Term Objectives

    This lesson will focus on how to write objectives.
  • Lesson 6: How to Write Long-Term Goals

    Writing goals for students with autism.
  • Lesson 7: How to Write an IEP

    How to write an IEP for a student with autism.
  • Lesson 8: How to Write a Scripted Lesson Plan

    This lesson will focus on how to write a scripted lesson plan.
  • Lesson 9: Types of Intervention Strategies

    This lesson will summarize some intervention strategies.
  • Lesson 10: ABA and Positive Behavior Supports

    This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on the intervention approach ABA and PBS.
  • Lesson 11: TEACCH Model

    Structured teaching of the TEACCH Model will be described.
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Course Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers
Course Number: 7550006
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Undergraduate
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $55.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $80.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize and describe the characteristics of learners with autism spectral disorders.
  • Describe the causes and prevalence of autism.
  • Describe the diagnosis and assessment of autism.
  • Demonstrate writing short-term objectives and long-term goals.
  • Demonstrate writing an IEP.
  • Demonstrate writing a Scripted Lesson Plan.
  • Describe various types of intervention strategies.
  • Describe ABA and Positive Behavior Support systems.
  • Define the TEAACH Model, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 2 Assignment: ASD Fact SheetAssignment25
Lesson 3 Assignment: Causes of AutismAssignment25
Lesson 4 Assignment: Diagnosis and Assessment of a Case StudyAssignment10
Mid-Term ExamExam75
Lesson 5 Assignment: Instructional ObjectivesAssignment10
Lesson 6 Assignment: STOs and Long Term GoalsAssignment30
Lesson 7: Write an IEPAssignment50
Lesson 8 Assignment: Scripted Lesson PlanAssignment50
Lesson 9 Assignment: Research a StrategyAssignment40
Lesson 10 Assignment: What Can You Use in Your Classroom?Assignment25
Lesson 11 Assignment: Debate a StrategyAssignment20
Final ExamExam100
Total Points:465
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