Counseling & Special Ed


Course No. ED436U, ED536U

If you have students with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and you don’t know what they’re thinking or feeling, your days will be difficult – and theirs will be too. Most Pre-K through 12th grade educators have worked with ASD students all ready, and the prevalence of ASD is increasing.  This class is an essential introduction to this puzzling disorder.  Course topics include the potential causes, diagnosis, types of ASD, explanation of behavior patterns, and strategies/resources for educators. You can customize your assignments to match your circumstances.

This course is appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers, administrators, support staff and parents.  



We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  1. Understand what Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Asperger's and PDD-NOS, etc.) are and be able to identify the distinguishing features between them.
  2. Be able to define what Autism Learning Disorders (ALD) and Autism Learning Styles (ALS) are. A
  3. Be able to discuss the importance of knowing what these are specifically in a student who has been given a diagnosis of ASD.
  4. Have a framework for understanding the current research and findings regarding the origins of ASD.
  5. Have numerous strategies/resources that you can use in your professional situation.
  6. Have numerous resources that you can share with colleagues, administrators, parents and your students, when applicable. 

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