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Autism: Inclusion in Mainstream (non-EPV)

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This online course will provide Principals, Mainstream, Learning Support and Resource Teachers with the necessary knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to feel confident in including a child within a mainstream school. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of such topics as:

  • Contemporary understanding of ASD diagnosis
  • ASD specific assessments tools
  • Identifying pre-requisite skills to enable the student to gain meaningful access to the curriculum
  • Providing appropriate ASD tasks and activities within schools’ Literacy and Numeracy goals
  • Incorporating ASD teaching approaches into a teacher’s existing pedagogical repertoire
  • School Self Evaluation to support the inclusion of pupils with ASD
Course Overview
The course is divided into 5 modules:
  • Overview of ASD
  • Teaching approaches for ASD
  • ASD specific assessments
  • Inclusion and Integration
  • Social skills development for pupils with ASD
Course Presentation
In the main, this course is presented using a series of voiced presentations. To support your engagement and interaction with the course you will be asked to consider particular aspects of course topics, read documentation, view videos or explore external websites. Time has been allowed, as part of the course, to complete these activities.


About the Course Author & Producer

Michele Dunleavy has worked in the area of special educational needs and ASD in particular for a number of years. Michele has worked in special and mainstream schools, in resource teaching, as a special class teacher and was on secondment, as an SEN Advisor, to the Special Education Support Service (SESS) from 2008 to 2014. Michele has completed a number of Post Graduate courses in Special Education including a M.St Autism and D.Ed Autism. Michele has also worked part-time at third level designing and presenting courses at undergraduate and post graduate level.
This course is produced by Outside the Box Learning Resources. Outside The Box Learning Resources is a wholly Irish owned family-run company that specialises in publishing and providing innovative professional development resources for teachers. The resources provided are cutting-edge, classroom-focused, and embedded with thinking skills, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, practical multiple intelligence instruction and learning styles. All resources concentrate on the ‘HOW' rather than the ‘WHAT' students are learning and many focus on life-long learning.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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