Course Description

Autism Spectrum Disorders provides teachers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities with important background information, historical context, etiological underpinnings, and characteristics of ASD that may impact learning. The course focuses on functional academics, functional life skills, environmental supports, and real-world practice that promotes lifespan success. You will learn best social practices that are evidence-based, child-specific, and meaningfully integrated. Early social vulnerabilities in individuals with ASD set the stage for a wide range of later learning problems—this course provides educators with the tools necessary to proactively intervene.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Skills and Effective Strategies
Start Now, you have 364 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $400.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Autism Spectrum Disorders:  Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies, Boutot, E.A. (2017).  Pearson:  Boston, MA.

Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-Specific Interventions, Koenig, K (2012). 

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

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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