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Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success

If you’ve ever had a student who blurted out in class, screamed when someone patted his or her shoulder, or rocked back and forth in the chair, you will appreciate the lessons ahead. You will discover the neurobiology behind these disorders and the way it affects students’ behavior, learning, and thinking. Most importantly, you will learn creative, easy, low-budget strategies to help these kids succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Develop the skill to counter these students’ social awkwardness, sensory sensitivities, meltdowns, problems with homework completion, language reciprocity issues, and violent fixations. Even if you don’t have a student with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in your class this year, these strategies will equip you to deal with any student who exhibits these characteristics on a regular basis.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success Details + Objective

Course Code: 4as

You Will Learn
  • Learn how students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome brains work
  • Learn creative ways to help these students develop skills to counter their social awkwardness, sensory sensitivities, meltdowns, violent fixations and many other problems they face each day
  • Discover nonverbal and verbal exercises to help lesson student anxiety
  • Learn ways to help these students channel their feelings of frustration and sometimes violent fixations into more appropriate feelings
  • Discover strategies to help these students succeed in the classroom and beyond
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be prepared to reach and teach students in your classroom with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Better understand these students social struggles and have ways to help them cope
  • Turn meltdowns and tantrums into more positive learning experiences
  • Encourage students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to reach their full potential, after all, isn’t that why you chose to be a teacher
Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success Outline
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Week 1

In this lesson you will discover how students with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome brains are wired differently, the ways they behave, and smart strategies to make the most of the opportunity to teach these students. Then you will develop an understanding of the characteristics they often display classrooms. You will learn how these characteristics shape students’ worldview and ability to perform in academic settings.

Week 2

Most students with high functioning and Asperger’s Syndrome are visual learners. You will spend time today determining how these students process information so you can tailor your lesson plans to their preferred learning and thinking styles. Then you will discover how these students struggle socially. You will learn some nonverbal and verbal exercises to use in class to lessen student anxiety.

Week 3

Explore how students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome converse and why it is so incredibly hard for them to keep conversations going. You will learn about a graphic organizer that is helpful when students need to translate between their thoughts and others. You will also learn about how to write social stories that help students understand what is expected of them. Then you will examine why these students have such delicate sensory sensitivities and learn two visual strategies for helping them. 

Week 4

Since many of the students with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome have highly specialized interests and fixations, in this lesson you will learn to direct the student’s gifts for math or language or science into appropriate academic channels. Then you will learn how to engage these students in their studies and link their interests with meaningful learning. 

Week 5

In this lesson you will learn how to turn meltdowns and tantrums into more positive learning experiences. Many of these students are bullied or made fun of on a daily basis, which causes them to become fearful and frustrated and often fixate on objects of power and violence. In today’s lesson you will delve into how to channel these frustrations into a more appropriate feelings. 

Week 6

This lesson will look at ways to help students focus on your lessons and learn a little something in the process. Finally you will learn about smart ways to prepare students for life beyond the walls of the classroom. It is never too early to start thinking about ways to encourage students to reach their highest potential in future classes, jobs, and social roles.

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Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success Instructors
Ellen Arnold

A veteran educator, Ellen Arnold has been a reading specialist at the primary level, a social studies and reading teacher at the middle school level, and a special educator at the high school level. Ellen has spent years helping learners unlock their potential. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in special education—credentials that prepared her to see each student for his or her greatest strengths. Ellen has taught hundreds of students and teachers the secrets to creating highly effective classrooms.

Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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