Online Class: Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers

This online course 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.

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Course Description

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Comprehensive Training for Educators and Paraprofessionals

With the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) increasing globally—estimated to affect 1 in 54 children in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the need for educators and paraprofessionals to be well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to support these individuals has never been more vital. This course offers a comprehensive insight into the multi-faceted world of ASD.

Course Overview:

Delve into the intricate details of disorders under the autism spectrum such as Asperger's syndrome, Rett's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and more. Gain a deep understanding of their psychological, physiological, social, and educational implications.

In the initial segments of the course, we set the foundation by focusing on the definition, diagnostic criteria, potential causes, and the significance of early intervention and meticulous program planning. With recent research revealing the potential involvement of both genetic and environmental factors in the onset of autism, this section ensures participants have a thorough grasp of the latest findings.

Moving on, the course unravels evidence-backed intervention strategies such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the TEACCH Model. For instance, explore the success stories of ABA in enhancing communication skills and reducing negative behaviors in children with ASD. Further, delve into the TEACCH Model's structured teaching approach and its positive impact on enhancing independence and organization in students.

The concluding lessons focus on the pragmatic aspects of education for students with ASD. Learn the art of designing effective learning goals, both short-term and long-term. Additionally, master the Individualized Education Program (IEP) form—a pivotal tool in special education—and the nuanced process of crafting a detailed lesson plan tailored for students with autism.

Course Goals:

By the culmination of this course, participants will:

  1. Comprehend the definition and varied characteristics of individuals with ASD.
  2. Understand the potential causes and the latest statistics on the prevalence of autism.
  3. Be adept in the assessment techniques and discern appropriate education placements for students requiring special education services.
  4. Be proficient in various intervention strategies.
  5. Expertly craft learning goals and objectives tailored for students with ASD.
  6. Navigate the IEP form, understanding its significance and components.
  7. Skillfully design a lesson plan keeping in mind the unique needs of students with autism.

Snapshot of Lessons:

  1. Introduction: Setting the stage for the journey ahead.
  2. Definition and Characteristics of Autism: Dive into the unique behavioral, communicative, and social patterns.
  3. Causes of Autism: Explore the genetics, environment, and current research breakthroughs.
  4. Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism: Understand tools, techniques, and best practices.
  5. How to Write Short-Term Objectives: Creating measurable and achievable milestones.
  6. How to Write Long-Term Goals: Visionary planning for holistic development.
  7. How to Write an IEP: Structuring individualized plans with a focus on inclusivity.
  8. How to Write a Scripted Lesson Plan: Precision in crafting lessons for optimized learning.
  9. Types of Intervention Strategies: An insight into evidence-backed approaches.
  10. ABA and Positive Behavior Supports: Harnessing behavioral principles for change.
  11. TEACCH Model: Structured teaching for enhanced independence and organization.

Why This Course?

The world of education is ever-evolving, and with the rising prevalence of ASD, it becomes imperative for educators and paraprofessionals to be on the cutting edge of knowledge and skills related to autism. This course ensures you are not just informed but empowered to make a real difference in the lives of students with ASD.

Join us in this comprehensive exploration and prepare yourself to be an effective and empathetic advocate for students on the autism spectrum.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(847 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction

This introduction will go over course goals. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction

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. 25 Total Points
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: ASD Fact Sheet

Lesson 3: Causes of Autism

This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on different theories of the causes of autism. 0 Total Points
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Lesson discussions: What is the cause of autism?

Lesson 4: Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism

Diagnosis and Assessment Procedures will be the lesson focus. 75 Total Points
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Mid-Term Exam

Lesson 5: How to Write Short-Term Objectives

This lesson will focus on how to write objectives. 10 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: JointAttentioninChildrenwithAutism.doc
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Instructional Objectives

Lesson 6: How to Write Long-Term Goals

Writing goals for students with autism. 30 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: STOs and Long Term Goals

Lesson 7: How to Write an IEP

How to write an IEP for a student with autism. 50 Total Points
  • Review 3 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7: Write an IEP

Lesson 8: How to Write a Scripted Lesson Plan

This lesson will focus on how to write a scripted lesson plan. 50 Total Points
  • Review 8 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Scripted Lesson Plan

Lesson 9: Types of Intervention Strategies

This lesson will summarize some intervention strategies. 0 Total Points
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets

Lesson 10: ABA and Positive Behavior Supports

This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on the intervention approach ABA and PBS. 0 Total Points
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets

Lesson 11: TEACCH Model

Structured teaching of the TEACCH Model will be described. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Debate a Strategy
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers
Course Number: 7550006
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (847 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: February 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
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
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "One of the most useful and challenging online courses I've taken. I would absolutely recommend this class to teachers. This course conveys a wealth of information and detail. It will be of benefit to teachers of all subjects and grade levels PreK-12 wishing to extend their knowledge of autism as it relates to the role of educators and classroom practices. The content is well-written and clearly presented, with each lesson logically progressing from the one preceding it. The assignments are carefully chosen and constructed, and prompt the student to reflect carefully on all they have learned. Great class." -- Daniel W.