General 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.


To develop an understanding of what autism ‘is’ from the student’s perspective. 


To provide training, education & strategies for educators, support workers & ancilliary staff who intend to work, or are working with students who have autism.


To 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

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

1.4.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:   Design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities:  Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities,

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,

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT):  Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful,

3.5.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use effective classroom communication:  Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement,

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice,

7.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community -  Engage with the parents/carers:  Establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/ carers regarding their children’s learning and wellbeing,

7.4.2 Proficient Level - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community - Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities:  Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors  1.2.2, 1.4.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.6.2, 3.5.2, 6.3.2, 7.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and Overview

    • Course Overview

    • Course Requirements

    • Reference to Professional Standards

    • Technical Requirements

  • 2

    Module 1: Overview of Autism Awareness

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Autism: What is it?

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

    • The Traditional Meaning of Autism, and What That Means For Our Students

    • The Individuality of Autism

    • Secondary Conditions and Difficulties Associated with Autism

    • What Does Autism Mean to You?

    • Reflect on Autism Videos

    • The Chris Varney Story

    • Sensory Issues

    • Mental Health and Wellbeing - Aspect Australia Fact Sheet

  • 3

    Module 2: How an Individual with Autism Experiences the World

    • Aims and Objectives

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

    • The Transforming Educational Environment and 21st Century Learning

    • Changing Educational Paradigms

    • Inclusive Education: Why Inclusion?

    • Barriers to Inclusion

  • 4

    Module 3: Sensory Issues

    • Aims and Objectives

    • What Are Sensory Issues?

    • Sensory Overload and Learning Styles

    • Sensory Activity

    • Strategies for Behaviour Meltdowns

    • Learning Styles of Students with Autism

    • Sensory Awareness

  • 5

    Module 4: Learning Strategies and Technology for Autism

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Strategies to Improve Student Concentration and Work Effectively

    • Mobile Technology and Autism

  • 6

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Features of TTA Online PD

  • Availability

    Online courses are available 24/7. Designed to be done in your own time at your own pace.

  • Team Online

    All online courses are available for team purchase. Unlimited teachers from the one Campus for any course for $990 + GST

  • Money back Guarantee

    If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren't completely satisfied, let us know, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.