Supporting Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder


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The number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is continuously growing each year. Statistics show that autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability and affects 1 out of 88 children in the U.S. Many of these children attend either private schools or the public school system. Children with ASD have unique needs that require ALL teachers to have awareness of the disorder as well as know how to assist them in order to be successful in the classroom. This mini course will provide participants with a better understanding of ASD and how to support children with ASD in a classroom environment.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify major characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Give examples of strategies that improve the learning environment for students with ASD and explain why those strategies will benefit students with ASD
  • Describe common misconceptions and myths of ASD as well as provide informed explanation to challenge the misconceptions
  • Give examples of red flags that classroom teachers should know that indicate a child may have ASD

Let's Begin! There are three units of instruction:

Unit 1: What Does it Mean to be on the Spectrum? Red Flags for Classroom Teachers


  • Define ASD
  • Recognize the disorders under the ASD umbrella
  • Discuss what is means to be on the spectrum
  • Identify at least 5 red flags of ASD

Unit 2: Misconceptions and Myths Surrounding ASD


  • Describe common myths and misconceptions surrounding ASD
  • Provide informed explanation to challenge those misconceptions

Unit 3: Effective Classroom Strategies That Support Children with ASD


  • Develop appropriate practices that support students with ASD in a classroom environment