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Certificate of Autism Spectrum Disorder


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you’re a parent, educator, carer or health care or community services worker – there’s a high chance you will support individuals with autism. The Certificate of Autism Spectrum Disorder is an online professional development course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

In this online course, you will discover the historical context of autism spectrum disorder and explore gender differences and myths and stereotypes. You will discover the neurobiological, viral and genetic theories of causation, the current research into autism, diagnostic categories, core areas of functional impact, and the current diagnostic and assessment tools available.

In this comprehensive course, you will learn 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.

You will also learn how to improve language or communication difficulties through augmentative and alternative communication systems which provide those with autism with new and different ways 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder

  • Diagnostic processes
  • Assessment tools
  • Core areas of functional impact
  • History of autism spectrum disorders
  • Neurobiological cause
  • Genetic causes
  • Current research
  • Functions of the brain
  • Environmental toxins
  • Viral causes
  • Treatment, therapies and interventions
  • Testing and diagnosis
  • Deficits in social skills
  • Impact and stress on family
  • Education
  • Values and attitudes
  • Plan and implement support
  • Responding effectively to needs
  • Interventions and support strategies
  • Strategies for including students with ASD
  • Physical activities
  • Individual program plan
  • Individual education plan
  • Sensory strategies
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Gustatory strategies
  • Olfactory strategies
  • Vestibular strategies
  • Triggers
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Evidence of positive results
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • Alternative therapies
  • Achieving outcomes
  • Developmental philosophy
  • Quality of life
  • Social models
  • Human rights
  • Respect and equality
  • Equal opportunity
  • Discrimination legislation
  • Health and safety
  • Medication regulations
  • Disability services
  • Professional boundaries
  • Professional development
  • Childhood autisim rating scale (CARS)

Unit 2 - Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Historical context of ASD
  • Current research
  • Neurobiological cause
  • Genetic and environmental causes
  • Environmental toxins
  • Treatment, therapies and interventions
  • Genetic and gender differences
  • Document processes and diagnosis
  • Autistic disorder
  • Asperger’s disorder
  • Rett’s disorder (Rett syndrome)
  • Childhood disintegrative order
  • Social and emotional disabilities
  • Implications of the disorder
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Obsessions and change
  • Providing support
  • Implement education programs
  • Positive social interactions
  • Developing conversational skills
  • Goal setting for the student
  • Individual education plans (IEPs)
  • Social goals
  • Teaching strategies
  • Feedback and schedules
  • Personal safety
  • The rage cycle

Unit 3 - Communicate using 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)
  • AAC strategies
  • 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
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Document support strategies
  • Person-centered planning
  • Identify and respond to difficulties
  • Task analysis
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Staff training
  • Modelling ACC
  • Accessing the AAC system
  • Reporting systems
  • Language Activity Monitor (LAM)
  • Participation barriers
  • Multimodal communication
  • Vocabulary selection strategies
  • Maintain accurate written records
  • Privacy principles


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


  • Become fully trained and improve your employment opportunities;
  • Recognised by employers as professional development;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • Access to high-quality courses written by industry experts;
  • Interactive simulations for many programs;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate issued for your CV (hard copy provided);
  • Tax deductible in most cases* See your tax advisor.


Payment Information

Certificate Course


  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required