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Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers


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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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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.
 
 
 
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction

This introduction will go over course goals. 5 Total Points
  • 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
  • Practice Worksheet 1: autismautobiography.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: autistickidsindanger.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: findingmysonatthezoo.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: theboywhocouldn.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: thegeeksyndrome.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 6: theguywiththemapinhishead.doc
  • Review Article: Center for the Study of Autism
  • Review Article: Autism Fact Sheet
  • 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. 25 Total Points
  • Practice Worksheet 1: alongnightindarklandofautism.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: amysteriousupsurgeinautism(collecti.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: aretheshotssafe.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: asautismcasessoar.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: oprahlinkstoautism.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 6: signsofautism.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 7: theautism-mercurylink.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 8: theguywiththemapinhishead.doc
  • Review Article: CDC causes
  • Review Article: Link between autism and pollution
  • Review Article: Prevalence of Autism
  • Review Article: What's Wrong with Me?
  • Review Article: The Boy Who Couldn't Make Friends
  • Take Poll: What is the cause of autism?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Causes of Autism

Lesson 4: Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism

Diagnosis and Assessment Procedures will be the lesson focus. 85 Total Points
  • Practice Worksheet 1: characteristicsofinfantileautism.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: earlyinterventionforchildrenwithasd.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: whendoesautismstart.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: whathappenswhentheygrowup.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: toomuchtestosteroneblightssocialski.doc
  • Review Article: Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism
  • Review Article: Assessment of Autism
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Diagnosis and Assessment of a Case Study
  • Complete: Mid-Term Exam

Lesson 5: How to Write Short-Term Objectives

This lesson will focus on how to write objectives. 10 Total Points
  • Practice Worksheet 1: autismandinclusion.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: jointattentioninchildrenwithautism.doc
  • Review Article: Goals for Autism
  • Review Article: More Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Instructional Objectives

Lesson 6: How to Write Long-Term Goals

Writing goals for students with autism. 30 Total Points
  • Review Article: Goals for Autism
  • Review Article: Suggestion for IEP Goals
  • Review Article: Self Regulation through Goal Setting
  • 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
  • Practice Worksheet 1: blankiepform.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: mockiep.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: iepevaluationscoresheet2007.doc
  • Review Article: Writing IEPs
  • Review Article: Suggestion for IEP Goals
  • 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
  • Practice Worksheet 1: beginningcommunicationapproacheswit.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: bestpracticesinpromotingfriendshipd.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: blankinstructionalplan.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: criticalskillsetsforspecialeducatio.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: effectivepracticesforstudentswithas.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 6: instructionalmanagementtipsforteach.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 7: mocklessonplanforjohn.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 8: instructionalplanscoresheet2007.doc
  • Review Article: Lesson Plans
  • Review Article: Marc Sheehan's Lesson Plan Page
  • Review Article: Lesson Plans
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Scripted Lesson Plan

Lesson 9: Types of Intervention Strategies

This lesson will summarize some intervention strategies. 40 Total Points
  • Practice Worksheet 1: multiculturalperspectivesonteaching.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: teachingandlearningapproachesforchi.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: usingsocialstoriestoteach.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: adreamisawishyourheartmakes.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: howteachersandparentscanworktogethe.doc
  • Review Article: AIT Training
  • Review Article: LOVAAS
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Research a Strategy

Lesson 10: ABA and Positive Behavior Supports

This lesson will provide current articles and research that focus on the intervention approach ABA and PBS. 25 Total Points
  • Practice Worksheet 1: autismstrategygainsattentionfordr.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 2: behaviormanagementservicesforautism.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 3: copyofstrategiestohelpstudentswitha.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 4: nudgingtowardnormal.doc
  • Practice Worksheet 5: teachingstudentswithautisticspectru.doc
  • Review Article: ABA Resources
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: What Can You Use in Your Classroom?

Lesson 11: TEACCH Model

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

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Course Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers
Course Number: 7550006
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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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
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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