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The next course starts Monday 4th of March 2024.

Experience flexible learning with our course, designed for your convenience. Access materials anytime, anywhere, and join our optional live Zoom sessions for interactive, real-time engagement.

  • Zoom classes are held on Mondays 7 pm to 8 pm (AEDT)

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to your course

    2. Before we begin...

    3. Welcome Activity: Let's Introduce Ourselves

    1. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

    2. Understanding Thought and Emotion in Autistic Students

    3. Understanding Communication and Social Interaction in Autistic Students

    4. Understanding Sensory and Consistency Needs

    5. Autism in the School Environment

    6. Week 1: Discussion Activity

    1. Understanding Individual Needs

    2. Inclusive Classroom Strategies for Autistic Students

    3. Supporting English Language Skills

    4. Strategies for Math Instruction

    5. Supporting Sensory Issues

    6. Facilitating Smooth Transitions

    7. Enhancing Play and Social Interactions

    8. Week 2: Discussion Activity

    1. Recognising and Understanding Behaviours

    2. Positive Reinforcement Techniques

    3. Creating a Supportive Environment

    4. Preventative Strategies and Environment Adjustments

    5. Intervention Strategies for Challenging Behaviours

    6. Week 3: Discussion Activity

    1. Downloadable resources

About this course

  • $199.00
  • 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.

Rochelle
Grade 3 Teacher

"The strategies and insights I gained have been invaluable in supporting my students with autism."

"Enrolling in this course was a game-changer for my teaching approach. The strategies and insights I gained have been invaluable in supporting my students with autism. The small group sessions allowed for personalised feedback that directly addressed the challenges I face in my classroom.

Since completing the course, I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in engagement and interaction from all my students, especially those with autism."

David
Grade 5 Teacher

"I now feel more confident and equipped to meet the needs of all my students."

"As someone who has struggled with effectively integrating students with autism into my classroom, this course was a revelation. The balance of theory and practical application was perfect, and the flexibility of the online format eased seamlessly into my hectic schedule.

The guest lectures were particularly enlightening, offering fresh perspectives that I hadn't considered before. I now feel more confident and equipped to meet the needs of all my students, and I've already seen positive changes in their learning outcomes. This course is a must for any primary school teacher."

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 personalised 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.

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