Grad Credits: 3    Term End Date: Aug 20, 2021
According to Autism Speaks (2018) the CDC has increased its estimate of autism’s prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59 children. Before teachers can engage students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in their classroom, they must first fully understand the challenges and barriers to students’ learning that ASD may cause. This comprehensive instructional course provides you with proven methods to assist you in better understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the impact that having this disability has on students and their families, the classroom, and the school community. In addition, you will explore a variety of factors and attributes that influence learning and student achievement in the classroom such as racial or cultural differences between individuals. We will also explore the differences in students based on their race, gender, personal differences, learning preferences and unique upbringings in the classroom while creating a positive, brave learning environment that supports equitable learning for all students with and without disabilities. In addition to expanding your knowledge about learning and student success in general, the course is designed to support the development of your understanding of current research and information about ASD. Over the course of 6 modules, you will learn how to help students no matter where they are on the autism spectrum be more productive and successful in the classroom. You will learn effective ways of helping students with ASD to reduce stress and anxiety, develop improved social skills with classmates and teachers, become more flexible and cope with change, and improve classroom behaviors and overall academic achievement. You will be introduced to strategies to create a structured and focused classroom environment where all learners are accepted and treated equitably and respectfully. You will also be able to minimize disruptions from transitions and unpredictable events in order to provide more successful learning opportunities for all students both with and without disabilities in the general education classroom.
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