'Including children on the autism spectrum in the early years' is a free online learning course that supports early childhood professionals.
The module will help you develop a greater understanding of young children on the autism spectrum in their setting and to plan inclusive programs that support their learning and development.
The modules bring together introductory information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, policy and framework guidance plus programming approaches to support responsiveness to the individual needs of children on the autism spectrum.
The course is relevant for both educators who are currently working with children on the autism spectrum and those who wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.
The modules also provide access to a range of downloadable tools that are designed to support planning for quality, inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programs.
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Further information about the content of the modules
Module 1 - An introduction to young children on the autism spectrum
This module is designed to build understanding of young children on the autism spectrum. It covers:
- what is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
- how educators learn from observing the child
- the importance of working in partnership with families
- collaborating with early childhood professionals and support services.
Module 2 - Practice to support planning for the learning and development of a child on the autism spectrum
This module looks at the ways in which legislation and frameworks support us to plan and provide a program that supports the inclusion of children on the autism spectrum in learning and development opportunities offered in early childhood education and care environments.
This module has a focus on the 8 practice principles, which are clearly linked with inclusive programing and support for children on the autism spectrum:
- family-centred practice
- partnerships with professionals
- high expectations for every child
- equity and diversity
- respectful relationships and responsive engagement
- integrated teaching and learning approaches
- assessment for learning and development
- reflective practice.
Module 3 - Developing a responsive program
- framework of adapting the program to support the meaningful participation and ongoing learning and development of children on the autism spectrum
- programming with an aim to foster independence for children on the autism spectrum
- a team approach to inclusion
- how to support ongoing learning by using the child's strengths and interests as a starting point.
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Completion of this course will contribute towards Victorian Teaching Institute (VIT) registration requirements.