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Care Courses offers online classes and book courses for childcare providers and parents. Use our childcare continuing education credits for inservice professional development training clock hours for most US States continuing education, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All training gives both Clock Hours and CEUs toward CDA Renewal. Care Courses also offers Spanish courses in book format.

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Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering childcare classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder

16 Clock Hours / 1.6 CEUs

Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder Course Description: 

[Please note: This course is different from many of our courses because it requires TWO books. You must read both the CourseBook, Children with Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, AND the textbook, Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You will not be able to successfully complete this course without BOTH books. Order these together below.]

This course applies to preschoolers. 

Study the characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, how children with autism learn, how their ways of learning differ from those of non-autistic children; the function or reason for unusual behaviors of children with autism; and strategies to help children with autism achieve their highest potential in an inclusive classroom. Section on interaction with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder included. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered. Note: this course includes activities to be done with children. The children do not need to have Autism Spectrum Disorder to do the activities. You may do these activities with ANY children -- those in a childcare or preschool setting, your own children, neighbors, relatives, etc, but you must do the activities with children to get credit for this course.

About the two book format: Coursebooks contain the quizzes, answer sheets and some information. Coursebooks are only available from Care Courses and every student must have his or her own copy of the Coursebook. Textbooks contain important information and you must read the textbook to get credit for the course. Students may share textbooks if they wish. Textbooks are available in the bundle below and individually from The Care Courses Bookstore.

Lesson Titles: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Definitions and Symptoms; A Preschool Program for children with Autism: Getting Started; Behavior Management and Communication Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Ways to Encourage Play and Social Development in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Sensory Integration and Interaction with Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Course Formats
Course SKUCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursGeneric CEUsQuantityTuition 
CSA-13A9 CourseBook English161.6 $36.00
CSA-83A9 CourseBook + Textbook English161.6 $50.00

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin

Attention Illinois Students: Need a special needs course? Please click here.

Attention Massachusetts Students: This course is a diverse learner course.

Attention New York Students: Check here for New York specific hours for this course.


Topics Covered in Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • What is meant by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Characteristics of children with autism and what early childhood professionals need to know about these children
  • Vocabulary associated with autism
  • When and how autism is diagnosed, common treatments for autism, and how to locate services for children with autism
  • Ways to assess a child with autism to determine the child's progress and plan appropriate goals for the child
  • The learning characteristics of children with autism and how to arrange a preschool environment for their success
  • How to set up predictable routines for a child with autism that will not be boring to the other children
  • Ways to make all children feel part of the class
  • How to prepare children with autism to learn new skills
  • Strategies to help children with autism learn self-help skills
  • Challenging behaviors that are seen in children with autism and strategies teachers can use when confronting these behaviors
  • How children with autism communicate and ways to help them communicate more meaningfully
  • Ways that children with autism play and strategies for encouraging them to play
  • Strategies to help children with autism develop social skills
  • Problems with sensory integration faced by children with autism and strategies to help children who have sensory integration disorder
  • Strategies for working with families of children with autism
Comments on Autism Spectrum Disorder:  

"I received the book course in the mail just a few days after ordering it.  Thank you for your promptness.  My sister and I (both licensed childcare providers) have been doing care courses for years and think it is the best route to take.  That way we have the books to refer back to if ever needed, or just to brush up on certain topics."  - New Prague, Minnesota

“Your classes [Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Programs, Family Diversity, and Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder] are awesome! I received the courses (book) very quickly and completed one right away and started another. Your service is such a wonderful way to get the continuing ed courses I need and get new information instead of the same old stuff that "workshops and seminars" offer. Thank you for the opportunities you afford to preschool teachers.” – Cockeysville, Maryland

Care Courses Information:

Care Courses offers over 70 courses in English, 16 in Spanish, and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA Process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours (and CEUs for CDA renewal) granted by a course (assuming you pass each lesson/chapter with a 70% or better). Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on original Care Courses certificates mailed through the US Post Office. All course formats receive an original mailed certificate. Once you have completed a course and submitted your answers to us you can expect to receive your certificate within 1-3 weeks (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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