Certificate in Special Needs Education - ASD


This course study the characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), how children with autism learn, how their ways of learning differ from those of non-autistic children; the function or reason for unusual behaviors of children with autism; and strategies to help children with autism achieve their highest potential in an inclusive classroom. Section on interaction with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder included. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered. Note: this course includes activities to be done with children. The children do not need to have Autism Spectrum Disorder to do the activities. You may do these activities with ANY children -- those in a childcare or preschool setting, your own children, neighbors, relatives, etc, but you must do the activities with children to get credit for this course.

Course Contents

  • What is meant by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Characteristics of children with autism and what early childhood professionals need to know about these children
  • When and how autism is diagnosed, common treatments for autism, and how to locate services for children with autism
  • Ways to assess a child with autism to determine the child's progress and plan appropriate goals for the child
  • The learning characteristics of children with autism and how to arrange a preschool environment for their success
  • How to set up predictable routines for a child with autism that will not be boring to the other children
  • Strategies to help children with autism learn self-help skills
  • Challenging behaviors that are seen in children with autism and strategies teachers can use when confronting these behaviors
  • How children with autism communicate and ways to help them communicate more meaningfully
  • Ways that children with autism play and strategies for encouraging them to play
  • Strategies to help children with autism develop social skills
  • Problems with sensory integration faced by children with autism and strategies to help children who have sensory integration disorder
  • Strategies for working with families of children with autism

Mode of Learning

Distance Education (either online or by correspondence) in the convenience of your own home at your own pace.

Entry Requirement

In order for you to gain entry into the Certificate in Special Needs Education - ASD, all applicants should meet the following entry requirement:

  • High School Year 12 English or equivalent qualification.
  • Be competent in Spoken and Written English (with an IELTS score of 6.0).
  • Relevant qualifications and teaching experience would be considered.
  • If you do not fall within any of the above categories and think you are qualified for the course, please submit all your qualifications and a letter explaining why you should be considered. Your application will then be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate in Special Needs Education – ASD.

Online course fee - USD250.00

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