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For parents of children who have been diagnosed with ASD (Austim Spectrum Disorder)—a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. Find out how to work effectively with your child, to create the most positive learning environment in and outside of school for your child.  Then take away strategies for working effectively with your child’s teachers.  The course is geared for parents and teachers, but it is also relevant for anyone else interested in understanding this important issue.

One month course, Julie Coates, instructor.
Unit 1.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome
-How is AS diagnosed
-What kinds of behaviors are common among AS Students
-What experiences are typical for AS students in school
Unit 2.

Effective communication and learning environment
-What constitutes a comfortable environment
-How to tell if your AS child is feeling lost
-Bullying and inclusion

Unit 3.

Effective Interventions
-Enforcing the IEP and 504 Plans
-Teens and AS

Unit 4.

Working with Teachers
-Stating your Parental Concerns
-Understanding teachers’ experiences and perspective
-Creating Parent/Teacher Teamwork
Question MarkAbout online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
CalendarParticipate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
ChecklistWhat you will do
For each Unit, you will:
  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.
Next offering(s):
-Next session coming soon-

$145 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Julie Coates is an experienced researcher, teacher and parent in the area of students with Asperger’s. She teaches courses at the graduate level in adult and higher education for the University of South Dakota, does seminars, training and online courses for K-12 teachers, and has experience teaching in an elementary school. Coates wrote the pioneering book Generational Learning Styles. She authored a chapter on students with Asperger’s as co-author of another book, The Pedagogy of the 21st Century.
What some students say:
"Thank you so much for an informative class!":-) - Karen Newman
"This course was so interesting! Thanks for everything. All the information is very useful." -  Yendry Sibaja
"Thank you for all the information. The class has been great. I have learned a lot." - Cindy Soto
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
1. To convey the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome 
2. To provide an understanding of what constitutes security in the learning environment 
3. To provide strategies that will foster understanding and tolerance among other children
4. To address what interventions and strategies are most likely to maximize student comfort and achievement
5. To address how to be able to communicate effectively with an AS child and to understand how to best support his or her unique learning needs
6. To provide an understanding of how to work effectively with the teachers to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
At the end of the course, you will know how to:
1. Recognize behavior characteristics of AS and to respond positively
2. Maximize learning and success experiences for a child with AS
3. Reduce stress for the AS child and the teacher 
4. Minimize melt-downs and deal with them effectively when they do occur
5. Help integrate your AS child into classroom activities and increase social comfort of your AS child
6. Help provide a secure learning environment where your child with AS can operate comfortably
7. Foster understanding among other children about differences in individual behavior
8. Communicate effectively with AS children and understand how to best support their unique learning needs
9. Work effectively with teachers to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support
Completion Requirements