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Autism, ADHD, and Gifted Students: Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 semester credit - Humboldt State University)

Autism, ADHD, and Gifted Students: Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 semester credit - Humboldt State University)

As teachers, we all face situations where we accommodate students with special needs in our classrooms. In such situations, how can we modulate our teaching to ensure that we reach each and every child? This integrated course, Autism, ADHD, and Gifted Students: Understanding Special Learning Populations, is designed to help teachers encourage and maximize each child’s potential.

Terms like Autism, ADHD, learning disability and gifted learners are being constantly used. What is it? What makes these children unique? And most importantly, how as an educator can you enhance their learning ability? These are questions that are answered in this course.

The integrated course has three parts, each one dedicating to a particular special population, namely Introduction to Autism, Understanding ADHD and Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom. The course presents various strategies, adaptations and modifications to the environment and the mode of instruction that help teachers accommodate and teach students with these conditions. Along with enhancing an educator’s skills, the course is rich and filled with ideas and suggestions that promote your confidence in handling children of differing abilities.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  •     Recognize characteristics of students with special needs including giftedness, Autism and ADHD.
  •     Predict accommodations to meet student's needs.
  •     Modify teaching materials and strategies to better reach all learners.
  •     Outline means to curb disruptive behaviors.

Online post-baccalaauereate credit courses help teachers complete continuing education requirements.

  • Start ANY Time
  • All ONLINE 24 x 7
  • Regionally Accredited
  • 1 Post-Baccalaureate Credit Course
  • Letter Grading
  • No Textbook Needed
  • Includes ALL Content
  • 90 Day Access
  • Official Transcript in Approximately 1 Week
    After completing the course, you will be directed to the university for registration.


  • I liked this course as a teacher and as a parent of a gifted child. There were strategies I could use right away to honor different students and their strengths.
    Christina S.
  • Thoughtful insights into how to help students with Autism reach their highest potential.
    Bethany G.
  • This course was well planned and informative. It was a clear look at symptoms, the six types of ADHD, and possible treatments. A particularly strong part of the course was the look at the brain in an ADHD student.
    Gail M.
  • I thought this class gave a thoughtful look at gifted learning with good information and resources. The length was just right. It gave me enough time to look into things further, but still enough content to gain a lot of my learning there.
    Ingrid A.
  • Interesting topics and a good review of Bloom's taxonomy as a way to challenge gifted learners. I especially enjoyed the practical strategies, and learning more about the sensibilities and needs of gifted learners.
    Aldea L.
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