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Course Description

It is vitally important for teachers to be aware of how ‘autism’ is for their students. The autism world can be a literal sensory minefield for students & the school environment needs to be designed where it creates a secure space that is conducive to learning. 

Children who have autism have different learning styles & as educators we need to be aware of how to cater to the various styles to develop the best strategies to teach them.

 This course aims to:

  • Provide autism awareness for all stakeholders who intend to work, or are working with students who have autism.

  • Develop an understanding of what autism ‘is’ from the student’s perspective. 

  • Provide training, education & strategies for educators, support workers & ancillary staff who intend to work, or are working with students who have autism.

  • Provide educational strategies, including sensory strategies; differentiating learning depending on learning styles and using technology for students with differing abilities.


Primary & Secondary Teachers, Special Education Teachers & Inclusion Co-ordinators.

Teaching Standards

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability:   Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Autism Awareness And Strategies For The Educational will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with disability addressing standard descriptor 1.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Overview

    • Course Overview

    • Reference to Professional Standards

    • Aims & Objectives

    • Welcome to Country

  • 2

    Module 1: Overview of Autism Awareness

    • Autism: What is it?

    • Activity: What Does Autism Mean to You?

    • The Traditional Meaning of Autism & Implications

    • Activity: Reflect on Autism Videos

  • 3

    Module 2: How an Individual with Autism Experiences the World

    • The Individuality of Autism

    • Activity: The Chris Varney Story

    • What Do You Want People to Know about Having Autism?

    • Secondary Conditions & Difficulties Associated with Autism

    • Should We Insist on Eye Contact with People who have Autism Spectrum Disorders

    • Mental Health & Wellbeing - Aspect Australia Fact Sheet

  • 4

    Module 3: Sensory Issues

    • Activity: Donna Williams Video

    • What Are Sensory Issues?

    • Sensory Overload & the Impact on the Student

    • Activity: Sensory Overload

    • Strategies for Sensory & Behaviour Overwhelm

    • Activity: Sensory Awareness

    • Sensory Processing - Aspect Australia Fact Sheet

  • 5

    Module 4: Inclusion & Changing Educational Paradigms

    • The Transforming Educational Environment & 21st Century Learning

    • Changing Educational Paradigms

    • Inclusive Education: Why Inclusion?

    • Activity: Barriers to Inclusion

  • 6

    Module 5: Learning Strategies & Technology for Autism

    • Learning Styles of Students with Autism

    • Activity: Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

    • Strategies to Improve Student Concentration & Work Effectively

    • Using Technology to Support Learning

    • Activity: Learning Strategies & Technology

    • Activity: Collaboration on Reasonable Adjustments

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback


Karina Barley

Karina Barley

Karina Barley (PhD) is an internationally recognised educational consultant specialising in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist. Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.In addition, Dr Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

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