Course Details

Understanding Autism

Course #: EDUC_712Z

Semester Credits: 3
Cost: $375.00

Because autism is one of the most common disorders of childhood, it has broad implications not only for the autistic individuals and their families but for the societies in which they live and learn. This course discusses the exciting developments in research, education, and treatment that have emerged in recent years. Topics covered include the history of autism, special education policy, autism throughout the life cycle, and new developments in brain research. By studying these topics, students can learn about the challenges facing people affected by autism, as well as their unique insights and gifts.


  • Potential causes of Autism including genetic and environmental influences
  • Early signs and diagnostic criteria
  • Inclusive Classroom Environments
  • Consider the implications of autism for family members, caregivers, and educators of autistic people
  • Understanding cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Creating goals and objectives using the IEP
  • Understand two kinds of behavior: respondent and operant
  • How to teach replacement behaviors and partnering with families to implement positive behavior supports
  • Understand challenges with ASD that make modifications necessary
  • How to write measurable functional goals in the IEP
  • Create instructional approaches to develop communication and social skills
  • Understand transition planning and postsecondary education

This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Inclusive Classroom Teaching

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* Easy, self-paced platform
* Freedom to work on your course where Internet is available
* Requires only basic computer skills
* No papers or handouts to accidentally lose
* Receive books and/or DVDs in the mail
* Quicker turn around time for grades
* Online Chat available
* Ability to print coursework for your records at anytime

You may complete the assignments for this course ONLINE or PDF.
These options will be available upon checkout.

Semester Credits: 3
Cost: $375.00

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