Sometimes you are the first to observe behaviors associated with autism in young children.
With children, understanding development is important. You may observe children who have difficulties playing with others, communicating or have rigid behaviors and other problems that make it hard for them to manage in the classroom. These behaviors are often associated with autism spectrum disorder – and your ability to recognize the symptoms will be helpful in making changes necessary to support the child. In this course you will learn about brain development and it’s role in social relationships. You will learn the core cognitive deficits of autism spectrum disorder. You’ll also learn classroom management techniques and ways to interact in appropriate and supportive ways.
By understanding what’s going on inside that little head, you’ll be able to look at children with new eyes, compassion and renewed energy. Video which demonstrates typical and non-typical behavior and interactions, handouts with tips for working with children with ASD, overviews of symptoms of ASD and other developmental disorders and Asperger’s syndrome are included in the course.
You will learn classroom management techniques and ways to make your interactions more appropriate and supportive for children with ASD.
Texas Core Competency Area 1: Child Growth and Development, Care of Children with Special Needs