Understanding Autism

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Overview: Supporting students with autism takes an understanding of their neurology.  With knowledge, we can understand and relate to our students with autism, understand the why behind behaviors, and choose intervention strategies that best support their neurology. Participants will learn about the 3 core deficits of autism including theory of mind, central coherence, and executive functioning. Equally important concepts will be explored such as the concept of neurodiversity and strength based thinking in regards to students with autism.

Audience: parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, support staff, and teachers supporting students grades pre-kindergarten through high school

Total Course Time: approximately 14 hours

Instructor: Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) | CDC. (2020). Retrieved 1 May 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html

Baron-Cohen, S. (1995). Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind (Learning, development, and conceptual change). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Hadwin, J., Howlin, P., & Baron-Cohen, S. (2015). Teaching children with autism to mind-read (1st ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

Socialthinking – Social Thinking. (2020). Retrieved 1 May 2020, from http://www.socialthinking.com/home

Switzerland Collucci, A. (2011). Big Picture Thinking Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills (1st ed.). Shawnee: AAPC Publishing.

A certificate of completion will be given when completed. Buyers have access to the training for one calendar year.

FREE Covid-19 Resources for Families and Educators:

Pandemic Social Stories Direct Access Carol Grey Social Stories

Supporting Families During COVID-19 Child Mind Institute

Coping with Covid-19: A “For Now” Normal Sesame Street and Autism

Top Ways to Meet an ASD Child’s Sensory Needs When Stuck at Home by Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP

Supporting Kids With Autism During the Pandemic and Required Social Distancing by Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP

COVID-19 VISUALS AND SOCIAL NARRATIVES Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Conversations on Showing Up for Kids University of Wisconsin Madison 

My Safer at Home Story by Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP

Helping Individuals with Autism Who Rely Heavily on Visual Supports During Quarantine by Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP

Autism and Coronavirus: Helping Students Understand by Linda Hogdgon, M.S., CCC/SLP

Top 10 Tips to Support Autism Families During the Pandemic by Temple Grandin, PhD and Debra Moore, PhD

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Deborah Van Auken
Posted 3 weeks ago
Very Informative

It is a very good course and as stated above, very informative. I am better equipped in understanding autism and the ways in which to communicate with students with autism. Thank you.

Posted 9 months ago
Excellent course!!

I loved it and I'd like to learn more about Autism and Asperger's syndrome.

Connie Persike
Posted 8 months ago

Thank you so much for the positive review! It’s so appreciated.

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