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Course Description

Over the past 40 years, there appears to have been a steady increase in the number of children/young people diagnosed with autism. This may be due to improved diagnostic tests, widening of the diagnostic criteria, less stigmatisation of the condition and an increased awareness from health professionals and families alike (Baron-Cohen et al, 2009). 

Individual students who have autism have unique strengths, abilities and needs. It is essential that teachers adapt lessons and activities within the curriculum to capitalise on and meet these diverse strengths and needs. Differentiating lessons for students with Autism is vital so that students with this unique condition can reach their full potential.

This course will show you how you can tweak your lessons to cater to students with Autism (and other learning needs) and create a success based learning environment.

NESA accredited


Princpals, teachers, support staff

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

$  329 + GST - Individual Enrolment
$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

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

Completing Autism: Differentiating the Curriculum 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


    • Course Overview

    • Welcome to Country

    • Professional Standards

  • 2

    Module 1: Differentiation

    • What is Differentiation?

    • Key Principles of Differentiation

    • Activity: Brainstorm Differentiation

    • Re-imagining Disability

    • Process & Practicalities

    • Video: Inclusion & Belonging

  • 3

    Module 2: Differentiation & Autism

    • Understanding Autism

    • Differentiating Specific to Autism

    • The Way Forward

    • Iconicity, Language & Communication

    • Activity: Differentiation for Autism

    • Extra Resources - Optional

  • 4

    Module 3: Differentiating Lessons & Activities Within the Classroom

    • More Differentiation Considerations

    • Positive Partnerships & Understanding Your Student/s

    • Activity: The Planning Tool

    • Planning Tool Template

    • Planning Tool Template With Prompts

    • The Diversity Wheel

    • Teacher-Parent Collaboration

    • More on Learning Profiles

    • Individual Education Plans (IEP)

    • Who Will Benefit From an Individual Learning Plan?

  • 5

    Module 4: Lesson Management, Group Work & Resources

    • The Classroom

    • Activity: Visual Resource

    • Group Work

    • Activity: Group Work

    • Managing the Classroom Day

  • 6

    Module 5: The Importance of Technology

    • Technology Why?

    • More on Technology: Universal Design for Learning

    • Benefits of iPads for Students With Autism

    • Activity: Technology

    • Predictive Text

    • Activity: Predictive Text

    • Helpful APPS

    • Peer Support Brainstorm

  • 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, Karina integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

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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