Learn to Teach Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of SPN103: Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to the online child care training course catalog.

Despite the growing diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are still many misconceptions, including that children with ASD cannot be successfully included in group settings. CCEI’s course Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder presents recommended practices and activities for welcoming a child with autism spectrum disorder into the group preschool setting. Included in the course is guidance for designing and implementing a developmentally appropriate, safe, effective program, including strategies for readying the child and his or her family for the new environment. The course also includes strategies for preparing the classroom, transitions between activities, and helping children with autism feel a sense of value and belonging. This course was authored by Clarissa Willis, and is excerpted from her book, Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Recent data on ASD diagnosis rates shows clearly that early childhood educators need to be prepared to welcome young children with ASD into the classroom environment,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “While the causes of autism and treatment methods remain important issues for medical research, there is no question that autism is and will remain a factor in classrooms at all levels.”

SPN103 is a two-hour, intermediate level course available for purchase at cceionline.edu, or at no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.