Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators
PD Hours: 2
In Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators, you’ll begin by meeting four students with varying strengths, needs, and instructional challenges. Through their experiences—and through the Module’s many resources—you will learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the characteristics associated with it, as well as what teachers should consider when working with students with ASD.
In Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators, users will find:
- An overview of autism spectrum disorder, including how it is defined for both medical and educational purposes
- Information on the multidisciplinary teams for children and students from birth to age three and from age three to twenty-one
- Thoughts on the importance of educational professionals working with the families of children and students with ASD
- Multiple videos comparing typical and atypical development and behaviors in children and videos featuring children and a young adult with ASD as they interact with their families.
- Audio interviews with Ilene Schwartz, Professor of Special Education and Director of the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education; Wendy Stone, Director of the University of Washington’s Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention Lab; and Nancy Rosenberg, Director of the University of Washington’s Distance Learning ABA Program and parent to a young adult with ASD, among others
This Module provides information on the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as an overview of the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD. Resources include notes on instructional considerations for teachers who have children and students with ASD in their classrooms, as well as things to keep in mind when working with the families of those children and students.