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Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Course facilitator:
Joy Engstrom
Email:
engstromjn@vcu.edu
Office phone:
804-828-9548



Course Overview

Recent reports estimate that on average, as many as 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) resulting in the need for schools to ensure educators are appropriately trained to serve this group. This course is designed to provide teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, administrators, families and other service providers with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. The course will provide participants with information regarding development and implementation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Participants will be provided information on educational modifications and accommodations and will learn about evidence based strategies for academic and behavioral support, including environmental modifications, visual supports, reinforcement, prompting, shaping, chaining, and task analysis.


Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, administrators, family members and other service providers who serve students with ASD in the educational setting.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss what it means to presume competence and how to demonstrate respect for individuals with ASD
  2. Describe the different components of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  3. Identify areas of need demonstrated by individuals with ASD and determine appropriate goals and objectives
  4. Identify team members instrumental in supporting individuals with ASD and describe the importance of communication and collaboration in the educational process
  5. Identify strategies for effective communication with educational team members including paraprofessionals
  6. List ethical considerations and describe the importance of confidentiality in the educational environment
  7. Describe different ways to structure the environment to support individuals with ASD
  8. Describe how to implement a variety of educational modifications and accommodations to provide an individualized education
  9. Discuss how to structure instructional activities for success
  10. Define prompting, shaping, chaining, task analysis and reinforcement and describe how to teach using these strategies
  11. Describe how to use visual supports to promote understanding and independence and discuss how to use schedules, first-then boards, choice boards, and work systems
  12. Discuss how to plan for transitions from activity to activity and place to place

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