Course Description

This course is designed to help you to create a classroom environment where students with autism are able to thrive under your empathetic and understanding guidance. As you read and reflect on the text "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" (2nd Edition: 2022) by Barry M. Prizant, PhD, you will examine your own biases and prior knowledge and apply new ideas for supporting students with autism and their families. At the end of this course you will have gained a better understanding of what autism is and how to help those with autism thrive in your classroom setting. Grades K-12.


“I loved this course! Not only did I learn new information, it helped me tap into skills that I already had and see how they fit with this population! I referenced material from this course multiple times at my school before I even finished it! Natalie is a great instructor and a pleasure to work with!”
—TINT Student

“This course on ASD was enlightening, simple, and actually enjoyable. Natalie is a great teacher and provided quality, reflective feedback in a timely manner. This course helped me to think more critically about my teaching practices and how I can better work with all of my students.” —TINT Student

“I really enjoyed this course and have learned many key ideas that will help me while working with students with autism and generally about SEL skills that will benefit all students. This was a very rewarding course!” —TINT Student

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Section Title
Understanding Autism: Increasing Empathy and Effectiveness in the Classroom
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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