Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to interact, communicate, and establish relationships. Children with autism may exhibit such characteristics as speech and language problems, developmental delays, repetitive actions and unusual motor movements, and problems understanding and relating to people and situations. Despite the difficulties associated with the condition, children with autism can be taught to function independently and feel competent. This is where proper educational instructions and learning environment come into play.
This Teaching Children with Autism course will develop your understanding of autism and will give you practical information on how to structure lessons and learning environment that are ideal for children with autism. It will first provide an overview of autism, covering its definition, causes, diagnosis, manifestations, and associated difficulties. It will then relay effective educational approaches for children with autism, as well as strategies for classroom and behaviour management and communication and social skills development.
The primary objectives of the teaching children with autism course are to: (a) raise your awareness about autism, so as to better understand what it is and how it affects children; (b) provide practical suggestions on how to effectively work with children with autism; (c) give you insights into different approaches for creating a learning environment suited for children with autism; and (d) teach you strategies for helping children with autism develop their communication and social skills and for classroom and behaviour management.