Autism Endorsement Course #1 of 3/ (NNAD) Nature, Needs, Assessment and diagnosis of ASD with Field

Online registration closed on Tue, Aug 17, 2021.

Tue, August 24, 2021 - Sun, November 21, 2021

Contact Dawn Smythe (former staff)
Target Audience ASD cohort
Facilitator(s) Dawn Smythe
In-Service Points 80
Delivery Online (Moodle)
Fee none
Term: Tuesday, August 24, 2021- November 21, 2021 (12 weeks) *REQUIRED ONLINE ORIENTATION MEETING AT 5PM 8/24/21

Number of Points: 80 (field experience embedded within the course)

*Each course will consist of nine sections, with discussions, assignments and quizzes built into the content.
You will have twelve weeks to complete each course. You must continue to make progress throughout the course. If you do not access the online system for 21 consecutive days, you may be dropped from the courses. Each course will be worth a total of 80 ESE In-Service points, with the field experience built into each course. In order to complete the full ASD Endorsement, you must complete each of the three courses.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement Program is designed to increase the level of knowledge, expertise, and understanding of educators working with K-12 students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The endorsement is intended to raise the awareness of the unique characteristics, emotional/social needs, and other challenges and issues related to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its range of pervasive developmental disorders that adversely affect functioning and result in the need for specially designed instruction and related services. It is designed to foster an understanding of policies and guidelines to ensure implementation of appropriate curriculum, differentiation, strategies, educational intervention, and support for this diverse population.
Additionally, you will be required to work with students on differing ends of the spectrum. If you are a 10th grade biology teacher, you will need to have access to students that are perhaps in a self-contained setting. If you are a self-contained teacher, you will need to work with students in inclusion. Please make sure to reach out to coworkers or schools in your community that will allow you to work with their students.

COURSE TEXTS: **No text is required; all required readings will be embedded in the course and on the Padlet.

COURSE GOAL : Participants will be able to identify characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), demonstrate an understanding of current trends and research-based methodologies used to create appropriate instructional programs for these students, and become familiar with formal and informal assessments used for diagnosis and instructional planning.