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.
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
Effective communication and learning environment
-What constitutes a comfortable environment
-How to tell if your ASD student is feeling lost
-Bullying and inclusion
-Enforcing the IEP and 504 Plans
-Teens and ASD
Working with Parents
-Listening to Parent Concerns
-Understanding Parents’ experiences and perspective
-Creating Parent/Teacher Teamwork
About 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.
How the Course Works
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.
Participate 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.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
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.
Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs
About Your Instructor
Julie Coates is an experienced researcher, teacher and trainer in the area of students with ASD. 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 ASD as co-author of the new 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
1. To convey the symptoms of ASD
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 ASD students and to understand how to best support their unique learning needs
6. To provide an understanding of how to work effectively with the parents of ASD students to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support
At the end of the course, you will know how to:
1. Recognize behavior characteristics of ASD and to respond positively
2. Maximize learning and success experiences for students with ASD
3. Reduce stress for the ASD student and the teacher when dealing with ASD students
4. Minimize classroom melt-downs and deal with them effectively when they do occur
5. Help integrate ASD students into classroom activities and increase social comfort of ASD students
6. Provide a secure learning environment where students with ASD can operate comfortably
7. Foster understanding among other children about differences in individual behavior
8. Communicate effectively with ASD students and understand how to best support their unique learning needs
9. Work effectively with the parents of ASD students to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support