NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Growing Up With Autism

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

The term “Autism Spectrum Disorders” comprises a number of developmental disabilities, all of which are characterized by impairments in socialization and communicative development. Students in this course will learn about the identification and treatment of Autism, as well as educational methods. Students will learn specific interventions for educating children throughout their lifespan, including behavior modification, early intervention techniques, supporting language and communication development, modifying curriculum and preparing students for community integration and employment. Coursework will emphasize the development of functional and practical lessons that can be used in the student’s current curriculum.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1)   Understand and describe the characteristics of autism;

2)   Create appropriate interventions in the areas of communication, socialization and behavior;

3)   Facilitate parent and school partnerships for students with ASD;

4)   Develop appropriate lesson plans and classroom accommodations;

5)   Learn how to use augmentative and assistive technology to learn social skills;

6)   Prepare students to successfully transition to middle school, high school and adulthood.


Gabriels, R.L. & Hill, D. E. (eds.) (2010). Growing Up with Autism: Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2008). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Washington, D.C.: Department of Health and Human Services.

Article may be found at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/autism/nimhautismspectrum.pdf

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.


About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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