Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorders -Level One): A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Social & Academic Success

EDZU 9021 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Elizabeth Williams

Start Date: 01/25/2023
End Date: 02/28/2023

Course Syllabus

Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton...what do these two men have in common? Could it be high functioning Autism (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome)? They were both considered eccentric, faced social resistance of their ideas by the world, and obsessed upon their interests to accomplish their life altering research. Perhaps these two had the drive to achieve success on their own or maybe they had teachers and mentors in their lives that inspired them to dream big and work hard. Within our classrooms we have the potential to encourage our unique students to do the same. Throughout this course, students will learn the definition and symptoms of ASD-level one (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome) and view associated video clips. We will also discuss academic and social challenges within the school environment and ways to meet those needs within your classroom. Bullying and advocacy will be incorporated into the course, as well as a section on easing the transition for these students from year to year.



Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  • the definition and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (level one) formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome
  • Specific academic and social challenges faced by these students and how to accommodate such challenges within the school environment


  • that social issues extend beyond the classroom
  • how to teach these students basic social skills and surround them with supportive peers
  • that teacher and student advocacy can help to improve a child’s school experience
  • that academic challenges can be overcome with creativity and encouragement

and Be Able To

  • create a supportive and friendly learning environment for a child with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • apply learned strategies to help these students succeed within all aspects of the school environment
  • provide support to new teachers that will be involved with the child the following year

and much, much more!

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