Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement
Participants earn 80 inservice credits per course in each of the three courses below. More infomation can be found on the training calendar when these courses are offered. Each course includes field experience.
Nature and Needs, Assessment, and Diagnosis of ASD
Participants in this course will be able to identify characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD), demonstrate an understanding of current trends and research-based methodologies used to create appropriate instructional programs for these students, and become familiar with formal and informal assessments used for diagnosis and instructional planning.
Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports for Students with ASD
This course provides participants with an understanding of how applied behavior analysis principles pertain to individuals with ASD, including implementation associated with teaching various skills and supporting behavior in educational settings. The functional assessment of problem behavior as well as proactive and preventative methods for addressing problem behavior will be addressed. In addition, evidence-based instructional strategies to develop communication, social, self-help, and academic skills will be emphasized and linked to behavioral needs.
Augmentative/Alternative Communication Systems and Assistive/Instructional Technology for Students with ASD
Participants in this course will be able to describe and analyze communication needs, design strategies to facilitate intervention, and demonstrate an understanding of various communication interventions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; including AAC/AT. Participants will understand the importance of transition planning for students with ASD.
Gifted Endorsement Information:
Gifted Endorsement Information: FDLRS/Gateway offers the five Gifted Endorsement courses for free. Each course is worth 60 points. Course descriptions include:
1. NATURE AND NEEDS OF GIFTED STUDENTS
Nature and Needs provides an overview of the evolution of gifted education on the national, state, and local level. Major events affecting gifted education are described as well as major policies and procedures governing the delivery of gifted education. Cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics common to individuals who are gifted are identified along with strategies that can be used to meet the academic needs of different categories of students who are gifted. Participants will develop an awareness of the teacher’s role in the identification process, the process and content of individual psychological testing in the identification of the gifted, the roles and functions of various systems which support teachers working to meet the needs of children who are gifted, the cognitive and affective characteristics of children who are gifted, and the basic issues involved with the planning, developing, and implementing of programs for children who are gifted.
2. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING GIFTED STUDENTS
Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students provides an analysis of curriculum modifications for gifted learners based on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Standards for Graduate Programs in Gifted Education. Participants will be able to demonstrate modifications in the content, process, product, affect, and learning environment of the classroom and curricula as they relate to gifted learners. Ultimately, course participants will design units of instruction that are powerful, aligned, engaging, authentic, and challenging.
3. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING FOR THE GIFTED
Guidance and Counseling for the Gifted provides an overview of the theory, research, practical strategies, and resources on guidance and counseling, with an emphasis on classroom applications in the gifted classroom. Participants will determine the different characteristics and the affective needs of gifted children; identify risk factors related to gifted students; and support social skills, career exploration, and leadership development of gifted students.
4. EDUCATION OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS OF GIFTED STUDENTS
Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students provides an overview of the challenges and issues that face diverse populations of gifted students as they struggle to gain acceptance, recognition, and access to appropriate gifted education to meet their individual needs. It incorporates central issues in multicultural education that examine questions of equity and excellence; prejudice and stereotyping of special populations; and lack of awareness, understanding, and recognition manifested in discriminatory practices on the national, state, and local levels. It examines policies and procedures to screen, identify, and provide appropriate modifications to curriculum for these diverse gifted students.
5. THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF CREATIVITY
THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF CREATIVITY Theory and Development of Creativity provides an overview of the theory, research, practical strategies, and resources on creativity, with an emphasis on classroom applications in the gifted classroom. Participants will increase their knowledge of the nature and definition of creativity, reflect on and learn ways to enhance personal creativity, and how to provide ideas and strategies for teaching others (students) to develop and use their creativity.
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