Today, every school in America has students who have been diagnosed with ASD (Austim Spectrum Disorder)—a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. The effects of this disorder vary widely, but it is important for every teacher to understand how to recognize behaviors that may indicate Asperger’s Syndrome. In this course, you take away strategies for working effectively with Asperger’s students. And you will find out how to work effectively with parents to create the most positive learning environments for children and teens with this disorder.

The course is geared for K-12 teachers, but it is also relevant for counselors, faculty in higher education, parents and anyone else interested in understanding this important issue.

One month course, Julie Coates, instructor


Course Objectives

1. To convey the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome 
2. To provide an understanding of what constitutes security in the learning environment 
3. To provide strategies that will foster understanding and tolerance among other children
4. To address what interventions and strategies are most likely to maximize student comfort and achievement
5. To address how to be able to communicate effectively with AS students and to understand how to best support their unique learning needs
6. To provide an understanding of how to work effectively with the parents of AS students to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will know how to:

1. Recognize behavior characteristics of AS and to respond positively
2. Maximize learning and success experiences for students with AS
3. Reduce stress for the AS student and the teacher when dealing with AS students
4. Minimize classroom melt-downs and deal with them effectively when they do occur
5. Help integrate AS students into classroom activities and increase social comfort of AS students
6. Provide a secure learning environment where students with AS can operate comfortably
7. Foster understanding among other children about differences in individual behavior
8. Communicate effectively with AS students and  understand how to best support their unique learning needs
9. Work effectively with the parents of AS students to create a consistent parent/teacher team approach to student support


Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.


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The Health Ed Today courses were developed through a partnership with leading education organizations including Pearson Education, E-College and Condensed Curriculum International.


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Fall Session:  March 2-27, 2015