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Introduction to Autism (5 Hours)

Introduction to Autism (5 Hours)

Most people today know someone with autism. People on the autism spectrum are in our classes, our neighborhoods and our families. Whether you know a little or a lot about autism, this course will give you useful information about the autism spectrum.

Although everyone on the autism spectrum is an individual, this course outlines a constellation of developmental differences common in autism that lead to the key concerns of social and communication issues.

A person with autism experiences the world in a unique way while thinking, remembering events, reacting and communicating differently. Understanding some of the different issues people with autism must face can help us to be more understanding and improve our interactions with students.

By understanding the underlying components of developmental differences in those on the spectrum, teachers, parents and others can revise their own preconceived expectations and help support the learning and behavior for those with autism. This course enables you to learn to understand the world from the perspective of someone with autism.


Online self-study PD courses help teachers complete continuing education requirements.

  • Start ANY Time
  • All ONLINE 24x7
  • No Textbook Needed
  • Includes ALL Content
  • Complete ANY Time over 5 years
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion


  • The class was repetitive in a GOOD way! Reviewed ideas helped me to connect them with situations and commit to memory. I learned so much! I have not taken any special education classes and this gave an excellent overview that I can readily apply to autistic children in my life.
    Victoria G.
  • Thanks. I raised an autistic son. your information is relevant and helpful.
    Jason M.
  • I really enjoyed this course. It provided me new insights, interventions, and ideas in providing a better education for students with autism. I am currently serving as a special education teaching assistant at a school, and I will share it with the rest of my staff.
    Dain T.
  • There was a lot of valuable information in this class! I learned a lot and took 17 pages of notes that I intend to keep for a reference. Thank you!
    Ginger K
  • Excellent information. There is a lot of information and am very happy to be able to go back to my account and review the information. Thank you!!
    Laurie K.
  • Wow! By far this was the most informative and beneficial course I've taken. Regardless of which students I may be working, this helps me to have a better understanding of why a student may be doing something or other, and gives me pause to be a bit more aware of particular needs (which is asking for a bit more understanding and a lot more patience on my part.)
    Mike J.
  • Being a substitute teacher, I have had some opportunities to work with children with Autism. This site helped me find some new ideas and strategies to use the next time I am subbing.
    Megan S.
  • This platform was so convenient and provided great new knowledge! As a stay at home mom who is seeking to keep my license current, the ease of use was invaluable. Thank you.
    Emily D.
  • This course changed my understanding of autism dramatically and made me aware of the epidemic proportions of autism in the school population.
    Dan F.
  • I have learned so much about autism and how to work with students on the spectrum that I had never known before. Although I have not had the experience of working with an autistic child (yet) I feel that I now have the confidence and mind set if the opportunity arose. From what I have read, working with autistic children can be extremely challenging, yet, rewarding as well. This course has given me concrete ideas and techniques to use while working with autistic students. This course has been insightful and taught me so much more than I had already know about autism and how to deal with autistic children.
    Cynthia C.
  • I found that this course was extremely beneficial in providing important information about Autism. Nowadays it is much more common to find students on the spectrum in our schools. It is important for us as educators to be aware of how Autism may impact these individuals. The tools provided in this course will help us as educators improve the education that students with Autism receive. I think a course like this is important for all teachers not only if we have students with Autism but for students with other learning disabilities or struggles. This course provided detailed information about Autism that helped me to better understand how Autism impacts those on the spectrum.
    Kerry D.
  • I enjoyed reading and learning more about Autism and plan to add some of the strategies taught in my "toolbox" of strategies. This course gave specific information that helped me learn more about Autism. I am a teacher who has a lot of patience and nothing frustrates or irritates me more than teachers who do not have UNDERSTANDING about specific disabilities. I cannot stand to listen to the complaints as to "Why can't Jonny just sit in his seat? Why can't Alice get unpacked in the morning?" Well, sometimes they JUST CAN'T and they need a strategy or some help. I appreciate the information you shared in this course to help ME better understand Autism and ways that I can help students in my classroom.
    Becky M.
  • The class did an excellent job teaching what it was meant to. Thanks for an enriching online course which taught me a lot of information that I look forward to using when I go back to work!
    Malka I.
  • i definitely learned more about how to better understand, educate, and relate to people living with autism.
    Carissa R.
  • I really learned a lot from this course!
    Victoria C.
  • I appreciated learning ways to calm these children down--words to say to them, warnings, etc. to lessen their anxiety.
    Kathleen M.
  • This course was very informative and really opened my eyes to the struggles of autistic students. With an increased knowledge in autism, I know I will be teaching more autistic students as time goes on. This course gave me more confidence and ideas to handle these students.
    Cathy P.
  • This course has helped to differentiate Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and PDD-NOS for me.
    Vicky C.
  • I really learned a lot in this course and got a 90 on the first try. This was a very interesting class and I am looking forward to using some of the ideas and tools from this course if I get an autistic student in my class.
    Debbi R.
  • I always knew that if started early that children with autism could have the potential to move up on levels of learning. I just didn't know the difference between those levels and this course showed me what they were. It will help me in the future when I have autistic students in my class.
    Neeru P.
  • This course has strengthened my knowledge and understanding and the needs of children with autism and how they think, react and understand differently. I now have information and ideas from this course that I can integrate in my classroom.
    Mindy A.
  • This course has helped me have a better understanding of what a typical autistic child goes through a school day. Glad I took the class thank you.
    Denis L.
  • This course was so helpful both in my classroom and personal life as I realized how the techniques I learned can be used for people in general, not just students with autism.
    John D.
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