Supporting ākonga with autism spectrum disorder

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your knowledge and capability further?

Why this course is relevant for teacher aides

Many teacher aides support ākonga with autism spectrum disorder. It is important that you have the right strategies to support these learners so they can thrive.

What to expect

This is a self-directed online course. You work through it at your own pace.

The online course takes you through the key things you need to know about supporting ākonga with autism spectrum disorder. You will learn about autism spectrum disorder and practical strategies you can use as a teacher aide.

You will be supported by your facilitator as you work through the online course. They will give you feedback on discussions and can answer any questions.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • develop an understanding of autism spectrum disorder, neurodiverse characteristics and associated commonly used terms

  • gain awareness of potential triggers and how to de-escalate troubling behaviour

  • develop strategies to support ākonga with ASD in inclusive classroom settings

  • discuss scenarios featuring behaviours that are unique to ASD

  • have a range of positive behaviour support practical strategies to enhance inclusion and wellbeing

  • increase your culturally appropriate ways of working with whānau who have tamariki with autism spectrum disorder

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for grade A, B, C, or D teacher aides.

Teacher aides who support learners with autism spectrum disorder or are interested in understanding more about autism spectrum disorder.

How this course is delivered

This is an online course.

How this course aligns to the Teacher Aide Competencies

This course connects to these competencies:

  • neurodiversity

  • behaviour

  • inclusion

  • wellbeing

  • learning support

  • cultural competence

  • professional skills

How much time to complete this course

This course will take you about three hours to complete. You can work at your own pace. You have one school term to complete this course.

Your investment

This workshop costs $200 + GST per participant.

Teacher aides who have applied for funding from the Ministry of Education. Please note you will NOT be able to enrol unless you have received your teacher aides' application reference number (ARN). This number is needed to register for this course.

For information on the process of applying for Ministry funding and to access the full terms and conditions, including details on possible travel costs, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.

Easy to follow application process

Click on the image below to see the easy to follow Teacher aide MOE PLD application process.

Teacher aide MOE PLD application process

MOE PLD funding flowchart

Registrations are open

Location: Online

Time: When it suits you