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Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

**This Certificate Program is an Online Webinar**

Anyone who works or has worked with individuals with Autism knows that it can be very time-consuming developing an understanding of the disorder and the co-morbidities associated with the wide spectrum of Autism. We developed the Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Certificate to provide therapists and caregivers the introduction, background, aptitude and skills needed to work effectively with this growing special needs population. This Certificate requires the completion of 4 required courses and a Portfolio Project.

Benefits of This Certificate:

  • Knowledge of management of the disorder in educational institutions
  • Learn alternative communication techniques and theory
  • Create opportunities to develop life-long professional networks

    Who Can Benefit?

  • Therapists
  • Caregivers
  • Vocational Rehab Counselors
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Educators
  • Care Attendants
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Other Professionals in related fields

    Course I: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

    This is an overview of autism spectrum disorders. The course is an examination of the psychological, physiological, social, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Included in the course are discussions of issues related to the definition and characteristics of learners with autism spectrum disorders, causes and prevalence of autism in the general United States population and in selected developing countries, special education services for ASD individuals, and early intervention therapies. In addition, students will learn how to write instructional objectives, long-term goals, individualized education programs, and instructional plans for children with ASD.

    Upon Successful Completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand ASD
  • Document Daily Activities/Treatment
  • Characteristics of Autism
  • Understanding Co-morbidities associated with ASD

    Course II: Ethics and Cultural Issues in the Treatment of Individuals with Special Needs

    Become familiar with the ethical and cultural aspects with understanding how individuals with Autism and special needs individuals are managed in this society. Some discussion time will be devoted to examining rural and urban environments, developed and developing regions. Additionally, a look at the various approaches to dealing and treatment protocols for individuals with ASD will be explored. Historical factors leading to the chartering of organizations dedicated to individuals with ASD and Codes for Ethical behavior will be examined.

    Upon Successful Completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Navigate Cultural Barriers
  • Develop a Global Perspective on Treatment of Special Needs Individual
  • Discuss Rural and Urban Development Issues

    Course III: Alternative Communication Techniques and Literacy Acquisition for Non-Verbal Individuals

    This course will be an overview of the methods and techniques used to help individuals with ASD communicate. Connections between reading, writing, communication and instruction, adaptive devices and software dedicated communication devices will be examined. The course will focus primarily on classroom use of American Sign Language application and its direct and indirect impact on the delivery of services for students with ASD.

    Upon Successful Completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Use sign language creatively
  • Develop a picture system to relay information
  • Assist overall communication style with special needs individuals

    Course IV: Developing the Support Network for Special Needs Providers

    New and Experienced special needs providers will benefit from this course by learning new strategies for motivating, managing and communicating the concerns of clients and consumers. Seasoned providers will gain new perspectives on their role for providing support to individuals with ASD. A portion of the course will be dedicated to exploring questions such as what happens with adult individuals with ASD and examining the unique stressors experienced by parents, extended family and caregivers.

    Upon Successful Completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Build High Performance Teams
  • Map Possibilities for Adults
  • Network Effectively

    Portfolio Project

    This is the final project for the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness. Students will develop a treatment schedule detailing the technologies and teaching tools used to help ASD individuals become more social. The schedule must outline a week of activities including strategies. This project helps the participant plan, document and track winning learning strategies for motivating, managing and communicating with individuals with ASD.

    Experienced special needs providers may be exempt from the ASD Portfolio Project requirement upon submission of complete documentation of strategies and technologies used to motivate socializing skills with ASD/special needs individuals. Previous documentation may be turned in a notebook format for instructor's approval.

    Upon Successful Completion of the Portfolio Project participants will be able to:

  • Build Best Practices
  • Document Social Successes
  • Develop a Blueprint for Success

    In order to obtain an overall program Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness, participants must complete the required courses listed above and submit an application and a nonrefundable $50 fee. Upon successful completion of all of the required courses and Portfolio Project for this certificate program please notify the Continuing Education office. Once your completion status has been verified your certificate will be mailed out to the address on record.

    Please click here to enroll in the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

    Currently Scheduled

    Course NameMeetsBeginsEndsFeeNew
    Introduction to Autism Spectrum DisorderW : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Sessions04/29/1505/13/15179.00
    Alternative Communication Techniques and Literacy Acquisition for Non-Verbal IndividualsW : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Sessions07/08/1507/22/15179.00
    Developing the Support Network for Special Needs ProvidersW : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Sessions08/05/1508/19/15179.00
    Portfolio: Techniques for Socializing Individuals with ASD and/or Special NeedsW : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Sessions09/02/1509/16/15179.00

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    Not Currently Scheduled

    These courses are not currently scheduled, but may be offered at a future date. Click the course Title link for more information.

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