Courses Jan/09: 2009 Certificate in Autism – SPED/PRI/SEC

Course: 2009 Certificate in Autism – SPED/PRI/SEC

This is an applied programme that leads to certification. It is developed by a team of highly experienced and dedicated professionals from various disciplines in Singapore, Australia and the United States of America. Primarily, the Certificate in Autism focuses on building skills which enables a teacher, therapist or parent/caregiver to work more effectively with individuals with autism.

The key differentiators of this applied programme are that it is skills-based and is developed and taught by practitioners who work ‘hands-on’ with individuals with autism and who understand the challenges of learning and application of skills within the Singapore context.

The programme is designed to bridge the ‘knowing-doing’ gap by adopting a highly ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. Participants will be expected to immediately translate theoretical frameworks into a practical model, which directs them to analyse needs, select priority goals and design individualised methodology to teach individuals (with autism) with varying needs and experiences.

Some of the topics include:

  • Overview of Normal Development
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the unique learning needs, challenges and opportunities for individuals with autism
  • Characteristics of Autism and the Iceberg Framework
  • The ASD Intervention Framework
  • Teaching and supporting individuals with autism through:
    • Development and application of visual tools and visual supports
    • Structuring the learning environment – physical structure
    • Use of schedules, work system checklists and prompting
    • Engagement and dis-engagement routines
  • Introduction to Language Levels
  • Overview of Intervention Strategies for ASD

    The Certificate in Autism is designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to:
    • Describe the key learning characteristics of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and identify the issues of ‘cultural’ differences in their learning styles
    • Analyse and identify the specific learning needs of each individual with autism
    • Through the application of Structured Teaching Principles, craft a developmentally-appropriate and individualised intervention programme suited to the specific needs of the individual with autism for his/her understanding and self-management of the learning environment in a flexible manner

    Course: Certificate in Autism – SPED/PRI/SEC

    When: 30 Jan – 29 May 09 (Every Friday) 5.00pm – 8.30pm

    Where: Pathlight School

    For Whom: Designed for both practitioners (teachers, educators, therapists and professionals) and parents/caregivers who work directly with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
    Fees (with certification):
    • S$2,568 per participant
    • S$1,568 per participant (S’poreans and S’pore PRs of S’pore VWOs)
    • S$1,768 per participant (Employment Pass holders of S’pore VWOs)

    Fees (without certification):
    • S$2,033 per participant

    Contact: Lina Kam, Training Co-ordinator
    Tel: 6323-3258/9
    Fees NOTE:
    Fees include 7% GST, handout materials and refreshments
    Parents/caregivers are not eligible for VCF funding
    Special Note:
    Those participants who opt for the ‘without certification’ option will, upon successful completion of the training programme, receive a Letter of Attendance.

     

    Pre-requisites: (Different for certification and without)
    With Certification
    Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • have attended the Fundamentals of Autism workshop; and
    • have attained the minimum qualification of Certificate in Special Education, its equivalent, or GCE ‘O’ level; and
    • have at least three (3) months’ experience in working directly with individuals with autism; and
    • currently working with or providing services to an individual with autism (cannot be your own or your relative’s child) and
    • will continue to work with the same individual throughout the course duration.

    Without Certification
    Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • have attended the Fundamentals of Autism workshop; and
    • have attained the minimum qualification of Certificate in Special Education, its equivalent, or GCE ‘O’ level; and
    • have access to work with an individual with autism throughout the course duration (can work with your own or your relative’s child).

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