The latest Census date found that in Australia, 164,000 people are living with autism, or 1 in 150 people. It is a condition that can affect the education of school-aged children, which is why supporting students with autism is a core part of Australia's inclusive education system. There is a continuing need for education professionals who have a nuanced understanding of autism within an education context.
If you are an existing teacher or educator working in a diverse range of education contexts, this course will enhance your understanding of learners on the autism spectrum, and your ability to support these learners' participation and engagement.
By developing a practical knowledge base of evidence-informed strategies and practices, you will be able to better meet the specific needs of learners on the autism spectrum, whether that is in the classroom, or in teaching that occurs in other education contexts. The approach you learn will be holistic, with a focus on working with learners of a wide range of ability, thereby extending their learning drawing out their unique talents. You will also learn about strategies to work collaboratively with families and support workers.
With a broad and evidence-based skill set, you will be able to tailor flexible, individualised educational programs and practices that support meaningful inclusion and positive learning outcomes.
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What you will learn
Psychological theories of autism
Build a foundational knowledge of the autism spectrum, grounded in contemporary psychological theory, which informs inclusive and supportive teaching practice.
Inclusive classroom methodology
Employ classroom practices that support connectedness, a sense of belonging, collaboration and transitions in learning environments for learners on the autism spectrum and their families.
Recognise barriers to achieving successful social and academic outcomes for learners with autism, and apply strategies to enhance a greater overall outcome.
Meeting individualised needs
Develop effective learning profiles that harness the strengths, and meet the needs of students on the autism spectrum, as taught within inclusive environments.
There is a need for educators to better understand the unique learning needs of students with autism. Better understanding students on the autism spectrum and how they learn will lead to more positive learning outcomes, with an aim of encouraging full participation within diverse learning contexts.
This foundational unit discusses core features of the autism spectrum. You will examine fundamental diagnostic features of the autism spectrum, including characteristics related to social understanding, interactions and social communications, language features and flexible thinking. You will also explore restricted repetitive behaviours, interests and activitites; cognitive processing and sensory processing; and other learning characteristics.
The core knowledge you develop will enable you to effectively understand learning profiles. In particular the strengths and needs of students on the autism spectrum taught within inclusive environments.
Psychological theories of the autism spectrum are crucial to our understanding of autism within education contexts.
In this foundational unit you will learn about psychological theories of autism and the influence of co-occurring conditions in order to understand the learning profiles and needs of learners on the autism spectrum.
This unit builds on content from EUQ652 ‘Features of Autism’ and is suitable for educators, health, allied health, and disability professionals.
EUQ654 Context-Wide Educational Support for Learners with Autism
About this unit
Within the field of education broadly, there is an expressed need for educators who possess more specialised knowledge and skills to work effectively with learners on the autism spectrum.
This unit is about equipping educators a range of evidence-based strategies and practices for the inclusion of learners with autism across diverse learning contexts.
You will be able to identify potential barriers to achieving successful social and academic outcomes for learners with autism, and apply appropriate evidence-based strategies to enhance their access, participation and achievement.
EUQ655 Targeted and Intensive Educational Supports for Learners with Autism
About this unit
There is a need for edcuation professionals that have the specialised skills and knowledge to support learners with autism, who often have complex learning profiles in diverse learning environments.
The main focus of this unit is to equip education professionals with evidence-based, targeted and intensive educational strategies and practices, which support learners with autism through small group and individualised instruction. The ultimate aim of which is to help these learners achieve life and vocational independence.
In this unit you will build your knowledge of evidence-based stragies for enhancing the social, communication, and self-management skills of learners with autism in educational and community settings.
EUQ656 Supporting Relationships, Collaboration and Transitions
About this unit
A vital aspect of meeting the needs of learners with autism is to establish collaborative relationships with families, fostering positive relationships and supporting transitions.
In this unit you will explore strategies and practices related to supporting connectedness, a sense of belonging, relationships, collaboration and transitions in learning environments for learners on the spectrum and their families.
This is a core building block of supporting the health, wellbeing and positive learning outcomes of learners on the autism spectrum.
Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.
Special Needs Teacher
As a Special Needs Teacher in a dedicated Special Needs school, you will teach academic and living skills to learners with autism, calling upon evidence-based strategies that meet the needs of your students' unique learning profiles.
Lead Teacher in Inclusion
As a Lead Teacher in Inclusion you will perform a range of duties within a classroom, supporting learners with autism, and meeting their individualised educational needs.
If you are already a qualified classroom teacher, the knowledge you acquire will improve your understanding of learners with autism, and how best to support these students in a classroom context.
Provide specialised support for learners with autism in a school context, conducted in one-to-one or small group modes.
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