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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: 

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.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder you will be able to identify behavioral characteristics of autism; distinguish between behavioral characteristics of autism; and describe goals, objectives and environments that best support each child. Read More.

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. 

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
CSA-83N9 CourseBook + Textbook English161.6 $55.00

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

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

Attention Massachusetts Students: This course is a diverse learner 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

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Thank you for opportunity to express how much I like your courses.  I love that I can work on them, on my own time, from my own home. I live in Massachusetts where it of course snows ALOT!!  And  being able to work from the comfort of my home on a snow day is invaluable.  The best part is the courses that I have taken have been very informative. I keep the Autism course book in my classroom for reference. So worth the cost. I look forward to taking more courses. Thank you again. - South Easton, Massachusetts

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

I am enjoying the format of the Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and have already implemented a couple of changes to my current home day care set up to help my new little student transition from Mom and Dad at drop off into being with us for the day! Can't wait to complete it so I can fully understand this disorder and be the best I can be for my little guy! - Leicester, Massachusetts

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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