Children on the Autism Spectrum

There has been a 15 percent increase in the prevalence of autism in young children, or 1 in 59 of children in the United States. This estimate reflects an average across the country and researchers believe that this the number is higher. What can we do, as early childhood educators, to support children on the autism spectrum in our programs?
Autism Speakers. (2018, April 26). CDC increases estimate of autism’s prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59 children. Retrieved from

This training is designed to provide participants with information and strategies to support children on the autism spectrum in early childhood settings. Participants will discuss typical behaviors and interaction styles of a child on the autism spectrum. They will also review and discuss adapting communication, the environment, and interactions to support the inclusion of a child on the autism spectrum. As the family of a child on the autism spectrum experiences challenges and stressors, participants will consider ways to collaborate and support the family.
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 within 2 weeks.

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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