Supporting Children with Autism in Out of School Time Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. With a 15 percent increase in the prevalence of autism in young children, or 1 in 59 of children in the United States , it is important for educators to learn about ASD and strategies to support a child with ASD in in his/her program.

 During this session, educators will learn about supporting children with ASD in out of school time settings. Participants will learn about ASD, explore ways to collaborate with parents/families and schools, and consider strategies to meet the unique needs of a child with ASD in the OST setting.


Upon enrollment in this training, you will have 2 weeks to complete all course content and submit your evaluation. Once the training is successfully completed, a CEU certificate will be issued.

100% of this training addresses the issues of "diverse learners"

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Learn about the needs of the child with ASD through connections with the
     child’s parent/guardian and the school system.
  • Consider adaptations to activities, interactions and teaching approaches.
  • Explore resources strategies to support a child with ASD in the OST program.
 Participants will learn about each child’s needs and support the child with ASD in the OST program.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. was established in 2005 to provide professional development and consultation services to early childhood programs and educators. We work collaboratively with programs, educators, and agencies to improve the quality of education and care for young children and families.

IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.

Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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