Course Description

 Course Description

Welcome to Autism & Asperger’s Disorder, an interactive computer-based instruction course designed to help you achieve a better understanding of Autism and Asperger’s Disorder (now known as Asperger’s Syndrome), of intervention strategies to enhance communication and learning, and of methods for teaching more conventional behaviors.  Autism & Asperger’s Disorder provides information on the characteristics of the disorder, learning styles associated with the disorder, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies that have proven to be successful when working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The course helps you comprehend why individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder act the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior.  This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who would like more help or information on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.

The course Autism & Asperger’s Disorder has been divided into four chapters and into five to eight exercises within each chapter. The first chapter is on the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; it gives a clear picture of the characteristics that define these disorders.  Although the information in this chapter is thorough, there is much information published about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. We recommend that you complete readings and research outside the course materials to gain a fuller understanding of these disorders and the variety of interventions. To cover all areas and issues affecting students with autism or Asperger’s and their behavior would not be possible in one course. However, this introduction chapter and subsequent chapters should give you a firm understanding of the disorder and effective tools for facilitating positive changes with these students.

The second chapter of Autism & Asperger’s Disorder is “Behaviors & Differences.”  This chapter discusses ways in which individuals with autism or Asperger’s are different from other learners. The information in this chapter serves to increase your understanding of autism and Asperger’s so that an effective intervention plan can be developed to help the student with communication and/or behavioral difficulties. Gaining an understanding of the possible reasons for their behaviors will also help in the understanding of why certain interventions are more successful in teaching these students.

The third chapter is “Communication & Language.”  In this chapter, you will be given information about the prerequisites of communication, the components of speech and language, and the profiles of nonverbal and verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  You will be provided with interventions to enhance communication.

The final chapter covers “Visually Supported Communication.”  You will learn how to use visual supports, schedules, and calendars to help students with autism or Asperger’s monitor their time and program more effectively and independently. You will learn to use the strategy of “first/then” to help children finish important daily tasks before moving into pleasurable free-time activities. You will also be presented with some case examples to strengthen your understanding.

 Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • To define the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s for better understanding of these disorders
  • To increase the ability to identify students having these disorders
  • To provide information on how individuals with these disorders are different from other students, and how to teach them given these differences
  • To understand their behavior in terms of their differences and communication styles
  • To develop an understanding of the communication differences and weaknesses in students with autism or Asperger’s
  • To provide information on teaching strategies
  • To provide resources for teachers and parents

There are no prerequisites.


As a student you will be expected to:

  • Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
  • Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.  You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course.
  • Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.  *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
 Estimated Time of Completion

30 Hours

 Access Time

365 Days

 CEU / PDU Outcomes

3.0 CEUs


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Section Title
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies
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Tuition non-credit $335.00
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