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Autism & Asperger’s Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. Marrea Winnega

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $235

Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps you make sense out of why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders act the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.


1.  To define the characteristics of Autistic Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder for better understanding of these disorders.

2.  To increase the ability to identify students having these disorders.

3.  To provide information on how individuals with these disorders are different from other students, and how to teach them given these differences.

4.  To understand their behavior in terms of their differences and communication styles.

5.  To develop an understanding of the communication differences and weaknesses in students with autism or Asperger’s.

6.  To provide information on teaching strategies.

7.  To provide resources for teachers and parents.


Title: Autism & Asperger’s Disorders: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

Author: Dr. Marrea Winnega, Ph.D. & Mary Coughlin, CCC-SLP

About The Instructor

Dr. Marrea Winnega

Autism & Asperger’s Disorder has been developed by Marrea Winnega, Ph.D. and Mary Coughlin, CCC-SLP.  Dr. Marrea Winnega is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry. She consults for schools and agencies serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Disorder. She facilitated numerous parent groups for parents of children with autism in her position at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute on Disability and Human Development (UAP).  She has also conducted numerous workshops, in-services, and trainings throughout the United States. Twelve years ago, Dr. Winnega developed the Autism Dynamic Beginnings classroom, an intensive, multimodal classroom for 3- to 6-year-olds with autism.  This program has grown to multiple classrooms serving students ages 3 to 21.  She is also replicating this classroom across various school districts.

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