Autism in the General Education Setting


By Heather Kurto

Course Overview

The intention of this course is to help teachers understand the disability of autism spectrum disorders and how it impacts a general education classroom. By the end of this course you should be able to identify characteristics of ASD, and have strategies to help students on the spectrum easily integrate into the general education classroom.

Prerequisites for this course

You will need:

  • Access to the internet(If using a Mac use Chrome or Firefox browser)
  • Ability to navigate a Powerpoint presentation
  • Paper and pencil for note taking

(Open Links on pages in a new window, and close the window to return to the presentation)

Autism:Unit 1 The Spectrum Disorder

Objectives of this Unit

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders by increasing your score on initial quiz
  • Label behaviors that could contribute to an Autism Diagnosis
  • Identify 3 areas of development that Autism affects.


Unit 2 Autism:The learner

Watch the video below. What are some difficulties that you see Drew having? Do you see any of your students having similar difficulties?


By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of learning characteristics of students with ASD by

Identifying a minimum of 3 learning characteristics common in ASD students.

  • Identify learning characteristic in a short film about a boy with ASD.

Unit 3:Autism:Strategies and Interventions


In our final unit we will learn how to adapt our classroom environment and instructional strategies to help our students with ASD.


By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • Identify at least 1 learning characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and at least one modification that can be made in the general education classroom to accommodate the ASD learner after reading through 3 case studies.


You have completed the launch of your journey with autism. Remember to utilize professionals and work as a team to address the goals of all of your students. When we open dialogue and share strategies, all students benefit.