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Certificate of Education Support – Autism Spectrum Disorder


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

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.

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 - Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Co-operation with staff
  • Facilitate student support
  • Procedures, guidelines and protocols
  • Information collection
  • Students with additional needs
  • Respect, empathy and acceptance
  • Diversity and cultural difference
  • Child protection acts
  • Promote positive self-concept
  • Praise
  • Challenges
  • Self-image
  • Childhood development
  • Language, equipment and materials
  • Communication aids
  • Computer access aids
  • Educational learning aids
  • Mobility and transportation aids
  • Vision and reading aids
  • Simple task analysis
  • Individual education programs (IEP’)
  • Classroom programs
  • Small group / co-operative learning
  • Cross-curricular learning
  • Modification of general activities
  • Help in the classroom
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Redirection
  • 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
  • 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 4 - Work with students in need of additional support

  • Identify specific learning needs
  • Additional learning needs
  • Motor skills disorder
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Gross motor dysfunctions
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • Visual Processing Disorders (VPDs)
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Expressive language disorder
  • Intellectual disability
  • Down syndrome
  • Barriers to learning
  • Development milestones
  • Development checklist
  • Team planning
  • Aboriginal education worker
  • Individual Education Programs / Plans (IEPs)
  • Developing an IEP
  • Ten step plan
  • Plan fundamentals
  • Behaviour support plan
  • Student expectations
  • Positive expectations
  • Increase access to student learning
  • Assemble required resources
  • Using assistive technologies
  • Computer access aids
  • Planned strategies
  • English as Second Language (ESL) programs
  • Key word signing
  • Practice new skills
  • Monitor student progress
  • Parent communication
  • 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
  • Compliance requirements
  • Accurate and non-discriminatory language
  • Promoting individuality
  • Group / class activities
  • Co-operative learning
  • Adapting activities
  • Respectful interactions
  • Safe learning environments
  • Resource and equipment storage
  • Classroom comfort
  • Lighting and noise
  • Equitable classroom use
  • Rights and opinions of all students
  • Legal and moral responsibilities
  • Empowering students
  • The right to learn
  • Vicious circle of low expectations
  • Building strengths and interests
  • Long-term and short-term goals
  • Support strategies
  • Disability types
  • Scaffold learning
  • Key word signing
  • Education support resources
  • Social and academic barriers
  • Education Adjustment Profiles (EAP)


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


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Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

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Professional Development For:

  • Teachers
  • Teacher Aids
  • Childcare Workers
  • Community Service Workers
  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $180 deposit
  • $35/week
  • No credit checks required


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