If you’re teacher, teacher’s aide or early learning educator, there’s a good chance you will support a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during your career.
The Certificate of Education Support (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work with and support students with ASD.
In this education and autism support course, you will explore childhood development and the historical context of ASD, including gender differences, myths and stereotypes. You will also discover 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 learn how to plan and implement support for students with ASD, respond effectively to needs and provide intervention, treatment and support strategies within the context of education support work.
On completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge required to provide a range of solutions and strategies for improved educational outcomes for students 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 additional needs in the classroom environment
Roles and responsibilities
Co-operation with staff
Facilitate student support
Procedures, guidelines and protocols
Students with additional needs
Respect, empathy and acceptance
Diversity and cultural difference
Child protection acts
Promote positive self-concept
Language, equipment and materials
Computer access aids
Educational learning aids
Mobility and transportation aids
Vision and reading aids
Simple task analysis
Individual education programs (IEP’)
Small group / co-operative learning
Modification of general activities
Help in the classroom
Behaviour management strategies
Personal safety (staff)
Appropriate learning environments
Contribute to learning opportunities
Encourage problems solving
Independence and social skills
Attitude and knowledge
Constructive advice and feedback
Suggestions to teachers
Unit 3 - Provide support to 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 4- Work with students in need of additional support
Identify specific learning needs
Additional learning needs
Motor skills disorder
Sensory integration dysfunction
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Gross motor dysfunctions
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive and language development
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Visual Processing Disorders (VPDs)
Apraxia of speech
Expressive language disorder
Barriers to learning
Aboriginal education worker
Individual Education Programs / Plans (IEPs)
Developing an IEP
Ten step plan
Behaviour support plan
Increase access to student learning
Assemble required resources
Using assistive technologies
Computer access aids
English as Second Language (ESL) programs
Key word signing
Practice new skills
Monitor student progress
Implementation of programs
Monitor equipment maintenance
Power access procedures
Unit 5- Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
Law and Ethics
NQS Quality Framework
Belonging Being and Becoming
My Time Our Place
Accurate and non-discriminatory language
Group / class activities
Safe learning environments
Resource and equipment storage
Lighting and noise
Equitable classroom use
Rights and opinions of all students
Legal and moral responsibilities
The right to learn
Vicious circle of low expectations
Building strengths and interests
Long-term and short-term goals
Key word signing
Education support resources
Social and academic barriers
Education Adjustment Profiles (EAP)
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 75 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: $250.00. 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.