Course Code: 4as
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.