Without any specific training for students with Autism, I was feeling a little disconnected to the students I’m working with this year. It was my first time teaching students with Autism. I wanted to make sure my classes were exciting and accessible to all of my students, including the ones with special needs. So, I signed up for an online training course about Autism.
Who should take this course?
I would recommend this Autism training for all educators who work with students that have Autism, or to family members of children with Autism. This course is also helpful to individuals who are studying to become an educator. I wish that I had this knowledge when I started teaching. I think the behavioral strategies and information would benefit any type of educators.
It is difficult to find an effective training that can be self-paced, completed on your class and in your pajamas. But this course was a perfect fit for a busy teacher like me!
Online Autism Course
This was an extensive training about Autism. It is broken into nine different parts to teach about Autism disorder and strategies to use when teaching students with Autism.
In the first section of the course, I developed a better understanding of what Autism is.
This fact really stood out to me...
"More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined."
The course itself breaks down and explains several proven strategies for working with kids who have Autism. It also reviews what to do if those proven strategies are not working.
By the end of the course I felt equipped with strategies to bring in to my classroom and use with my students.
This course has changed my thinking because there are simple strategies to incorporate without changing your entire routine. I want to develop lessons that look like play instead of work. I look forward to going in to the classroom with these new tools.
After studying this course, I feel that I better understand how to assign manageable tasks, look for behavioral cues and to be consistent with my instruction. My feeling is that my teaching methods will be more successful with students with Autism but they may also be helpful in teaching all of my students.
About the All-Star Blogger
I am Ashley, the blogger behind Teaching In Bronco Country. I am a third-grade literacy and social studies teacher. I love reading, blogging, being a mom and, of course, the Denver Broncos.