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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

Who Can Benefit?


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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Upon completion of the required courses and payment of the non-refundable Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Certificate fee, students must notify the Continuing Education office. After verifying the student's completion status, a certificate will be mailed to the student's address on record.

Currently Scheduled

Course NameMeetsBeginsEndsFeeNew
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
Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Certificate
08/31/1508/31/1550.00

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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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