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Enrollment in this course is exclusively available for up to 25 education support workers or teacher assistants, ensuring a focused and personalised learning experience.

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The next course starts Monday 5th of February 2024.

This course offers a blend of flexible online learning, allowing you to access materials at your convenience, and live, interactive Zoom sessions for real-time engagement. Upon enrollment, you'll have the option to select a Zoom class that best fits your schedule.

  • Option 1: Attend the Zoom class on Thursday afternoons from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM (AEDT).

    Thursday 8th, 15th, and 22nd of February 2024.

  • Option 2: Attend the Zoom class on Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM (AEDT).

    Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd of February 2024.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Before we begin...

    3. Welcome Activity: Let's Introduce Ourselves

    1. Week 1 Overview

    2. Understanding Autism

    3. Knowledge Checkpoint: Undersatnding Autism

    4. Identifying Strengths and Challenges

    5. Week 1: Discussion Activity

    6. Creating a student profile

    7. Week 1 Assignment: Student Profile

    1. Understanding Challenging Behaviours

    2. Principles of Positive Behaviour Support

    3. Preventive Strategies and Environment Adjustments

    4. Intervention Strategies for Challenging Behaviours

    5. Collaboration and Teamwork

    6. Self-Care and Professional Resilience

    7. Week 3: Discussion Activity

    8. Week 2 Assignment: Support Strategies

    9. New Lesson

    1. Week 2 Overview

    2. Introduction to Positive Reinforcement

    3. Knowledge Checkpoint: Positive Reinforcement

    4. Week 2: Discussion Activity

    5. Designing your reward system

    6. Week 3 Assignment: Reward System Plan

    1. Week 4 Overview

    2. Foundations of Behaviour Management

    3. Knowledge Checkpoint: Behaviour Management

    4. Discussion Activity: Behaviour Management in Practice

    5. Creating your behaviour managment plan

    6. Week 4 Assignment: Behaviour Management Plan

About this course

  • $49.00
  • On average, students dedicate 2 hours per week interacting with the course material and live Zoom class.
  • Flexible online learning means you can log on and learn when it suits you.
  • Participate in collaborative sessions with peers and instructors, engaging with weekly materials and contributing to insightful discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop specific skills to effectively support students with autism, including those without formal diagnoses. This involves understanding and adapting to the diverse needs and behaviours of autistic students.

  • Learn and apply practical steps, strategies, and classroom modifications to enhance the learning environment for autistic students. This includes tailoring instructional methods like chunking and employing engaging teaching techniques specific to the needs of autistic learners.

  • Develop methods to effectively engage autistic students, manage a range of autistic behaviours in the classroom setting, and facilitate the development of social skills and friendships among autistic students.

  • Gain insights and strategies to support students with autism-related anxiety, focusing on their emotional and mental well-being as an integral part of their educational experience.

Teaching Assistant

"The course's focus on classroom strategies, such as behaviour management and sensory considerations, has significantly enhanced my skills and confidence in effectively supporting autistic children."

Taking part in these online modules has been a game-changer for me as an education support worker. The range of teaching tools and resources provided was nothing short of extraordinary.

The course's focus on classroom strategies, such as behaviour management and sensory considerations, has significantly enhanced my skills and confidence in effectively supporting autistic children.

The flexible online format was perfect for fitting into my busy schedule. I am grateful for this opportunity and would highly recommend this course to fellow teaching assistants seeking to deepen their understanding and effectiveness in ASD support.

Education Support Worker

"Each module provided not just theoretical knowledge, but practical, applicable strategies that can be immediately implemented in our work."

"As someone who works alongside children with ASD, this course has been a turning point in my professional development. Kieran's passion and expertise in each module provided not just theoretical knowledge, but practical, applicable strategies that can be immediately implemented in our work. The insights into understanding and managing different behaviors associated with ASD are invaluable.

The course format, with its flexibility and online accessibility, was perfectly suited for education support workers juggling various responsibilities. The inclusion of real-life examples and downloadable notes further enriched the learning experience.

I now feel more equipped and confident in my role, and I am excited to apply these new strategies in my daily interactions with children with ASD. I highly recommend this course to all education support workers looking to enhance their skills and make a meaningful impact."

Your Instructor

Kieran Thorpe

BHealthSc, GCertEd, GDipPsych, MSc (Psych), MAPS

Hi, I'm Kieran, a Lecturer in Psychology with a passion for autism research, particularly its impact on quality of life. With my 20 years of experience and over 25,000 hours working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism, alongside their families, I am in a unique position to understand the challenges and opportunities that autism presents. Since 2015, my journey has intertwined with educational settings, where I've supported teachers and education aides to provide evidence-based strategies to support autistic students. I strive to translate this expertise into actionable strategies for educators, fostering inclusive environments where every student thrives. My goal is to continue pioneering approaches that celebrate neurodiversity and empower those on the autism spectrum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! This course is designed to accommodate teachers at all levels of experience. Whether you're new to the field or looking to enhance your existing skills, our course provides comprehensive training suitable for all.

We understand the demands of a teacher's schedule. That's why our course offers 24/7 online learning flexibility, allowing you to access the materials at your convenience. The live sessions are scheduled post-school hours and our course is structured to be manageable alongside your existing commitments.

No problem! Each live session is recorded, so you can easily catch up at a time that suits you. Plus, with extended post-course access, you can revisit any part of the course for up to three months after completion.

Yes, upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion, acknowledging your 8 hours of professional development in this specialised area.

Our course is highly interactive. Along with engaging lectures, we offer small group workshops capped at 8 participants to ensure personalized attention, in-depth discussions, and immediate feedback.

Absolutely! While the course focuses on autism, many of the strategies you'll learn are universally beneficial and can enhance the learning experience for all students in your classroom.

We provide extended post-course access and support. This means you can continue to access the course materials and engage with instructors for up to 3 months after the course ends, ensuring ongoing support in your teaching journey.

While the course is primarily online, we include practical activities, case studies, and scenarios to apply what you learn. This ensures a balanced approach combining theoretical knowledge with practical application.

We use a variety of teaching methods, including interactive workshops, visual aids, real-life scenarios, and group discussions, to cater to different learning preferences and ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

No, course fees need to be paid in full before you can commence the course. 

To arrange payment by EFT, please contact [email protected] 

Access to your course is available on the date advertised, or as advised in the registration confirmation email. 

Before your course commences, you may request a deferral of your registration to the next available course date, by contacting [email protected]

Please contact [email protected] for a registration template for registering multiple staff. 

Our Satisfaction Guarantee

If, within the first 7 days from the start of your course, you find that the course doesn't align with your expectations or needs, simply contact us. We will promptly refund your purchase – no questions asked.

The Wellbeing Project was founded in 2018 as part of the Spark Deakin Accelerator Program, supported by Deakin University.

This site is intended to provide general information and strategies to assist with the management of behavioural challenges. This is not a substitute for specialist medical advice and you should always consult a qualified health professional before commencing any intervention.

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