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