Introduction to Autism

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“Today the chances are good that you know someone with autism
or autism-like characteristics.”

Introduction to AutismMost people today know someone with autism. People on the autism spectrum are in our classes, our neighborhoods and our families. Whether you know a little or a lot about autism, this course will give you useful information about the autism spectrum.

Although everyone on the autism spectrum is an individual, this course outlines a constellation of developmental differences common in autism that lead to the key concerns of social and communication issues.

A person with autism experiences the world in a different way. They think and remember events differently. They react and communicate differently. By understanding the how and why of these differences, you can become one who gains insight.

Understanding some of the different issues people with autism must face can help us to be more understanding and improve our interactions. By understanding how students with autism function, we can make more informed choices in education and care and, maybe most importantly, we can assess our own automatic hard-wired responses that might occur when someone is truly different.

By understanding the underlying components of developmental differences in those on the spectrum, teachers, parents and others can reframe their own preconceived expectations and help support the learning and behavior for those with autism. Learn to more clearly understand the world from the perspective of someone with autism.

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Course Details

Course Author:  Janet Oliver


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- Clock Hours/CPDUs:  5

- Course Length:  Lifetime


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This course meets the Minnesota mental health relicensure requirement.

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8 Reviews of “Introduction to Autism”:
  1. Adrianne says:
    Five Stars

    I loved this class, I took it this weekend and found it to be a great review as well as some new information on Autism. Thank you so much!

  2. Neeru P. says:
    Five Stars

    I always knew that if started early that children with autism could have the potential to move up on levels of learning. I just didn't know the difference between those levels and this course showed me what they were. It will help me in the future when I have autistic students in my class.

  3. Cynthia C. says:
    Five Stars

    I have learned so much about autism and how to work with students on the specturm that I had never known before. Although I have not had the experience of working with an autistic child (yet) I feel that I now have the confience and mind set if the opportunity arose. From what I have read, working with autistic children can be extremely challenging, yet, rewarding as well. This course has given me concrete ideas and techniques to use while working with autistic students. This course has been insightful and taught me so much more than I had already know about autism and how to deal with autistic children.

  4. Becky M. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed reading and learning more about Autism and plan to add some of the strategies taught in my "toolbox" of strategies. This course gave specific information that helped me learn more about Autism. I am a teacher who has a lot of patience and nothing frustrates or irritates me more than teachers who do not have UNDERSTANDING about specific disabilities. I cannot stand to listen to the complaints as to "Why can't Jonny just sit in his seat? Why can't Alice get unpacked in the morning?" Well, sometimes they JUST CAN'T and they need a strategy or some help. I appreciate the information you shared in this course to help ME better understand Autism and ways that I can help students in my classroom.

  5. Carissa R. says:
    Five Stars

    I definitely learned more about how to better understand, educate, and relate to people living with autism.

  6. Christine W. says:

    This course was very informative and really opened my eyes to the struggles of autistic students. With an increase in autism, I know I will be teaching more autistic students as time goes on. This course gave me more confidence and ideas to handle these students.

  7. Melissa W. says:
    Five Stars

    This course has strengthened my knowledge and understanding and the needs of children with autism and how they think, react and understand differently. I now have information and ideas from this course that I can integrate in my classroom.

  8. Denis L. says:
    Five Stars

    This course has helped me have a better understanding of what a typical autistic child goes through a school day. Glad I took the class thank you.

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