Autism iPad Techniques to Bridge Learning Gaps

How do children with autism learn? This course teaches you how to use the iPad and effective teaching strategies to assist students who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Target Audience
Teachers, Principals Support Staff
4 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This course is a continuation of the popular “Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom” run by Karen Barley. As this subject has so much breadth, by taking this course you will be able to add to your prior knowledge on this subject.
If we believe all children have a right to education and learning, we can appreciate it is vital that all children have access to resources that enables children who have autism to:
1. learn how to learn
2. have their lessons differentiated and individualised &
3 achieve success in their learning according to their individual learning style.


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Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

Participants will be exposed to a combination of video, learning modules and teaching resources using the iPad.

While you do not have to purchase any iPad apps to do this course, you may want to choose apps that you personally like according to your own needs and budget.

This course is a sequel to another course Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom, although it is not a prerequisite. You can do each course independently. Plan your own PD journey.

This course is always open and you can join at any time.

Please note that we run this online course on the Open Learning platform, and you should expect an invitation to the course within 2 working days. There are no set times when you must attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be ready to access inside the course. If you have any problems accessing the course please contact and we will assist you.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 01/03/2018 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Autism – Understanding your student so you can understand how they learn.

1 hour

Experiencing the world for an individual who is on the Autism Spectrum from the student’s perspective

What every teacher should know

Using technology in the 21st Century classroom

Setting up parameters for iPad use

Video & Online Modules

21st Century Learning & Autism

1 hour

Learning Styles & differentiating learning for your AS students

What does this mean for the student who has Autism?

Video, Online Module

Sensory Issues & using technology to promote learning for these students

1 hour

What are sensory issues?

The five commonly known senses & two lesser known senses

How do sensory issues affect students’ learning?

Using the iPad to address sensory issues in the AS student

Videos, iPad use & Online Modules

The effectiveness of iPads for students who have Autism.

1 hour and 20 minutes

Why are they iPads so effective in the classroom with students who have Autism?

Strategies for using the iPad in a variety of classroom scenarios. i.e. Developing Social Skills & Communication Skills

The bridge to learning for the student.

Online Learning Modules, Videos, iPad apps

iPad apps that can bridge the learning gaps

1 hour and 20 minutes

Apps that work across the Curriculum

Apps that are multi-visual by nature

Strategies for using apps for the Autism student

Online Learning Modules, iPad Apps

Evaluation & Review

20 minutes

Reflective overview of Modules

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Autism iPad Techniques to Bridge Learning Gaps
by Basak Doran on 21/09/2015

I really enjoyed taking this course. I specially liked the videos. They were well chosen.

Autism iPad Techniques to Bridge Learning Gaps
by Julia Gould on 21/09/2015

This course contained a great overview of Autism and the use of iPads to support student learning. I found it very helpful and will refer back to it for continued teaching strategies.

Autism iPad Techniques to Bridge Learning Gaps
by Frances Rispoli on 27/04/2015

The course covered the topic areas well. Each topic was clearly set out with thought provoking videos and or material to read, followed by activities that led to further development of understanding. Resources and links to finding further resources were given throughout the course, so I have a lot of material to take away from this course that I will use in future. The course presenter was available online, and responded remarkably quickly to queries and comments that I raised. She was very helpful and corrected a broken link to a video within minutes of my raising the problem. I felt like she was working alongside of me, which was a pleasant surprise! Usually online courses leave you feeling like there is no one out there to help. Would recommend this course to others.

About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.

This course is FREE with Online Subscription


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