Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders

School of Education

About this Course

Are you a parent, a friend, or a teacher of someone on the autism spectrum? If you would like to gain an overview of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and how to support people with ASD at home, at school, and in the community, taking this course will help you do that. 

In Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Robin LaBarbera helps you explore the different strengths and needs of individuals on the autism spectrum, with a focus on using visual supports to develop life skills, social skills, and manage challenging behaviors. Many of the lessons also contain key information from case studies that you can apply to the varied situations you may encounter in everyday life as a parent, teacher, or friend of someone on the spectrum.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the three major categories of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) characteristics.
  2. Become familiar with social skills deficits common among individuals with autism and strategies for developing social skills.
  3. Understand the visual strengths common among individuals with ASD and be equipped to develop visual supports to address challenging behaviors.

There are six lessons in this course, and each one contains the following:

  • 2-3 video teaching with Dr. LaBarbera where she unpacks the lesson topic
  • Reflection activities to help you apply the material to your specific context
  • Resources for further research and learning