If you want to learn how to support those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), whether as a parent, carer, educator or health and community services worker, this comprehensive course is ideal for you.
The Certificate of Autism Spectrum Disorder is an online professional development course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support individuals with ASD.
In this online autism spectrum disorder course, you will discover the historical context of ASD and explore gender differences, myths and stereotypes. You will also learn about the neurobiological, viral and genetic theories of causation, current research, diagnostic categories, core areas of functional impact, and the current diagnostic and assessment tools available.
You will also discover how to plan and implement support for individuals with autism, respond effectively to needs and provide intervention, treatment and support strategies within the context of support work.
This will include strategies on how to improve language or communication difficulties through augmentative and alternative communication systems, which provide those with autism an alternate way of communicating.
On completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge required to provide a range of solutions and strategies for better social, emotional and educational outcomes for individuals with ASD.
Unit 1 - Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Core areas of functional impact
History of autism spectrum disorders
Functions of the brain
Treatment, therapies and interventions
Testing and diagnosis
Deficits in social skills
Impact and stress on family
Values and attitudes
Plan and implement support
Responding effectively to needs
Interventions and support strategies
Strategies for including students with ASD
Individual program plan
Individual education plan
Evidence of positive results
Quality of life
Respect and equality
Health and safety
Childhood autisim rating scale (CARS)
Unit 2 - Support students with autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum disorder
Historical context of ASD
Genetic and environmental causes
Treatment, therapies and interventions
Genetic and gender differences
Document processes and diagnosis
Rett’s disorder (Rett syndrome)
Childhood disintegrative order
Social and emotional disabilities
Implications of the disorder
Teaching and learning strategies
Obsessions and change
Implement education programs
Positive social interactions
Developing conversational skills
Goal setting for the student
Individual education plans (IEPs)
Feedback and schedules
The rage cycle
Unit 3 - Augmentative and alternative communication strategies
Identify communication capacity
Collaboration with the person, family
Communication impairment / disorders
Communication – Bill of Rights
Specific communication needs
Person’s level of communication
Document findings and outcomes
Referrals to professionals
The referral process (6 steps)
Information to referred professional
Individual and small group therapy
First visit assessment
Patient history and preferences
Severe speech disability
Strategies and devices in AAC
Natural communication methods
Document support strategies
Identify and respond to difficulties
Speech and language therapists
Accessing the AAC system
Language Activity Monitor (LAM)
Vocabulary selection strategies
Maintain accurate written records
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 45 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.