I’ve recently released my Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism Course. This online training course is perfect for any parent or professional looking to better understand their child or students and how to help them progress across skill domains. In this post, I will explain why this course is so valuable for professionals who are working with children with autism. It is also the companion course to my autism workbooks.
Autism Online Training Course
If you are looking for online autism training, then you are in the right place!
Who is this online training for?
This Autism Awareness Course is perfect for parents of children with autism or professionals who are working with autistic students in any capacity – teachers, teaching aides, speech therapists, occupational therapists, family therapists and more.
How will this autism course help autism professionals?
My goal with this course is to help professionals better understand the children with autism with whom they are working so they can better adapt their approach to teaching them in the most fun and effective way possible. This autism training for professionals will help you progress in your work with autistic children in whatever capacity.
What’s covered in the course?
The Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism course is made up of 8 modules that will walk you through the most important information you need to work with a child with autism.
Module 1 : Understanding Autism : What Makes a Child with Autism Tick?
What is autism?
You will learn about autism, how it affects the brain and how people with autism think and learn differently.
In order yo help your child or students thrive, you need to understand the fundamental characteristics of the autistic child.
Module 2 : Create Adapted Space
Creating an adapted space is essential in order to teach a child with autism effectively. Whether you are creating a learning space at home, or adapting your classroom, a dedicated and adapted learning canbe the difference between a successful program and meltdown after meltdown.
We’ll explore how lighting, furniture, colors and space impact an autistic child’s ability to learn comfortably and happily – at home and in the classroom. You’ll be given clear information you can use to adapt your own learning spaces whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist in private practice.
Module 3 : Create and Use Visual Support & Visual Schedules
One of the most important tools you can incorporate into your home and classroom programs are visual support and visual schedules.
Most people know they need to be using some kind of visual support and visual schedule, but most people are using them incorrectly. When used properly, visual support is one of your most powerful tools to increase learning, communication and fun all while decreasing difficult behavior patterns.
Module 4 : Build Communication Skills
Building communication skills is one of the most essential and difficult parts of working with children on the autism spectrum. If you are a parent, you probably spend a great deal of time wishing your child could communicate more eaily. If you are a speech therapist, you have probably realized the therapy exercises you typically use don’t work in the same way for children with autism. If you are a teacher, seeing your students with autism try to express their needs verbally may just break your heart.
Individuals with autism learn language, and communicate, differently than other children. They need to learn to communicate in a visual way. I will walk you through the exact steps I have used to help hundreds of kids go from being non-verbal to verbal.
This is not a quick fix, communication difficulties are central to an autism diagnosis and are on-going, but you will learn to guide and facilitate language acquisition in a powerful and clear way for your child or students.
Module 5 : Set Up Simple Sensory Play
Daily sensory play is essential for helping your child or students self-regulate and keep stimming behaviors at bay.
However, we all know it’s not as easy as just putting out some sensory boxes and leaving the child to play. If you do that, you will end with a huge mess, guaranteed! Learn to set up and mediate sensory play in a way that will give your child or students the sensory input they need all while teaching them new, interactive skills.
Module 6 : Get Difficult Behaviors Under Control
You will learn the exact steps you need to take to understand and guide behavior change.
Learn to understand the meaning behind behaviors you would classify as difficult (hitting, screaming, throwing, biting, to name a few…). All behavior is a form of communication and when you learn to decode behavior, you can guide your child or students towards more adapted behavior choices.
Learn to track behavior, identify the reason a behavior is occurring and come up with a solid plan to reduce the difficult behavior with more a functional behavior and maintain. Become a master of positive reinforcement!
Module 7 : Build Fine Motor Skills
Learn to build fine motor skills in a fun way to help your child or students gain fine motor control, build finger, hand and wrist strength, begin creating lines and simple shapes and eventually progress to being ready to start, or improve, their writing.
Module 8 : Teach Daily Living Skills
Follow my guidelines to decide which living skills are most important for you to work on right now.
I will be covering some of the basic living skills necessary for an autistic child to thrive such a toilet training, participating in daily home or classroom routines, hobbies and simple food prep. I will also be touching on food selectivity and sleep schedules.
What else is included?
In addition to the 8 modules of the course, there are some fabulous bonuses included!
Each week, for 8 weeks, you will receive a weekly workbook that goes with the module of that week. Use the workbook to adapt the week’s teachings to your own personal situation with your child or students.
The Autism Activities Planner
Plan your learning activities. Use the Autism Activities Planner to visually plan the activities you will do during your sessions.
- Plan daily activities, list materials you need to do each activity and select 3 top goals for each session with the Today’s Activities Printable.
- Write down appointments on the calendar pages.
- See your week at a glance and plan top goals with the Weekly Overview printable.
- See your month at a glance with the Monthly Overview printable.
- List goals for each skill domain with the Goals printable.
- List behaviors that need to be worked on using the Behavior Tracker printable .
- If you are a professional, print a planner to use with each of your clients.
- Organize everything for your child or students in one easy-to-access place !
Where can I sign up?
Who’s teaching the course?
I am! I have nearly 20 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum. I created the first private educational center for children with autism here in Paris, France where I live. (I am American and I have been living in Paris as an expat for 18 years.) I have trained in a variety of methods to help children on the autism spectrum thrive and have created my own approach based on everything I have learned.
My knowledge, resources, tips and best practices all come together in the autism training for professionals that I have created for you in this course.
Can I take the course from home?
Yes! The course is 100% online which means it is available to anyone, in any country, at any time. That is the beauty of online learning! There are no start or end dates for the course, instead there is a “rolling admissions” policy, meaning you can enroll at any time and receive full access to the course.
What is the format of the course?
The course is offered through an online host site called Podia. As soon as you enroll in the course, you will be able to create a username and password and have immediate access to the course.
The course and all supporting documents are text based, you can go through the material at your own paces and print out supporting documents as often as needed.
How much does it cost?
The course is currently available at the introductory price of $279. It will be going up in the future. This is the lowest price it will ever be.
More Autism Learning Resources
- The Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism Course – learn to better understand your autistic child or students with this complete course.
- Autism Activities Workbook Bundle – build communication skills, fine motor skills, sensory play skills and daily living skills, while helping your child or students to successfully manage any difficult behaviors, with these fun, educational, printable activities.
- Sensory Communication Workbook – Build communication skills with simple sensory activities.
- How to Make a Communication Binder Guide & Workbook – Learn how to create a Communication Binder for your child or student with autism using real photos. Follow my expert guide to learn how to use it to increase communication skills.
- Zoo Animals Play Dough Mats Bundle – use these printable play dough mat to work on the names of the animals, build language skills, and increase fine motor strength and precision in a fun, sensory way!
Autism Training for Professionals
I hope you will join us in the Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism course to help your little learners progress.
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