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The autism spectrum is wide and complex; one size does not fit all. Autism is on the rise. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum; a ten-fold increase in the past 40 years.
In the online module, “Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders,” you will learn about the history of ASD, what we currently know and understand, and why it is on the rise. You will be captivated and informed about how the spectrum affects those with ASD by watching two videos. The first, Loving Lampposts, is told by the award-winning film producer, Todd Drenzer, whose son has autism. The second features Taylor Crowe who shares his personal journey with autism in, My Life with Autism. A sound foundation in the terminology used to describe, diagnose, and understand ASD rounds out your learning.
This training will help you develop an understanding of the history and the theories of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). You will learn to recognize and identify the unique characteristics and learning styles of people with ASD.
Module at a glance:
Time Commitment: This module is equivalent to 7.5 contact hours, which includes the time it takes to read the materials, watch the PowerPoint slides, and apply the concepts through the suggested activities.
Learning Format: Online, self-paced, independent (non-instructor led) training
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