Learning Outcomes for Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lesson 1: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Definitions and Characteristics

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • identify behavioral characteristics of autism;
  • distinguish between behavioral characteristics of autism;
  • describe goals, objectives and environments that best support each child.

Lesson 2: A Preschool Program for Children with Autism:  Getting Started  

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • identify characteristics of a preschool environment that will support the success of children with autism;
  • identify characteristics of predictable, appropriate routines for children with autism;
  • explain what is meant by life skills and why learning life skills is important for preschoolers;
  • list strategies for teaching self-help skills to children with autism.

Lesson 3: Behavior Management and Communication Skills 

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • observe and assess a child’s communication skills;
  • list appropriate strategies and procedures when confronted with challenging behaviors in children with autism;
  • describe the components of functional assessments;
  • describe appropriate activities to help children learn self-regulation;
  • recognize different types and stages of communication;
  • list the benefits of and strategies for incorporating sign language in an early childhood program.

Lesson 4: Ways to Encourage Play and Social Development

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • observe and assess a child’s play and social skills;
  • explain strategies for helping and encouraging children with autism when they play;
  • identify the components of a social story;
  • identify the characteristics of a socially competent child.

Lesson 5: Sensory Integration and Interaction with Families

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • observe and assess a child’s sensory integration skills;
  • describe the hidden senses;
  • explain what sensory integration disorder means;
  • identify effective communication strategies to employ with parents.

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