Autism Awareness - Part 1

Adapting Lessons & Learning

In this course you will learn

  • Best practice assessment techniques for relief teachers
  • Common signs to look for as markers of understanding
  • How to improve your capabilities around feedback collection and distribution


It is vitally important to be aware what it is like for the student who has Autism to have a Relief teacher come into their room. Students on the Spectrum prefer structure and routine and any change will cause them to feel anxious, frustrated and even angry. 

Your role as the relief teacher is to make life more manageable, and provide strategies that will assist those students on the Autism Spectrum to negotiate the change in their day and help them to as quickly as possible to feel comfortable with you.

This course, designed with the Relief Teacher in mind and will help you to:

  • Understand autism and why having a CRT in their classroom will cause them anxiety.
  • Have some awareness of sensory issues
  • To understand learning styles for clients with autism.
  • Develop strategies for the classroom.


Addressed Standards

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1.1 and 1.5

This course contributes to 2 professional development hours.

Autism Awareness – Part 1 may be logged as 2 hours of NESA Elective PD. Suggested descriptors: 1.1.2, 1.5.2

4.3 star average rating
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“Practical and though provoking. Took me out of my comfort zone while guiding me on a journey”Teacher in SA

“It explained what students with autism are facing everyday in an easy to understand way without all of the jargon. Even though this may have been aimed at relief teachers, there were many points that could be used for a classroom teacher.”Teacher in VIC

“I loved the idea of having a visual of your name and a photo of yourself on display and a few ideas for rewards. I loved how the presenter gave a very detailed and clear example of how a child on the spectrum might feel if they were sensory overloaded. ” – Teacher in NSW

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