Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum

Students on the Autism Spectrum have distinct learning needs, so it is vital to cater to these needs within the classroom. Knowing how to differentiate lessons for stud...
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Teachers Support Staff Principals
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Teaching Standards

General Description

Over the past 40 years, there appears to have been a steady increase in the number of children/young people diagnosed with autism. This may be due to improved diagnostic tests, widening of the diagnostic criteria, less stigmatisation of the condition and an increased awareness from health professionals and families alike (Baron-Cohen et al, 2009).

Individual students who have autism have his/her own unique strengths, abilities and needs. Therefore it is essential that teachers adapt lessons and activities within the curriculum to capitalise on and meet these diverse strengths and needs. Differentiating lessons for students with Autism is vital so that students with this unique condition can reach their full potential.

This course will show you how you can tweak your lessons to cater to students with Autism (and other learning needs) and create a success based learning environment.


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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.

For this course, we will be using an online learning tools using the Open Learning Platform. This platform integrates video, images, text, activities that you will be able to do inside the learning platform.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
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Module 1: Differentiation

45 minutes

What is differentiation?

Video, Images, Text

Module 2: Differentiation & Autism

1 hour

How is differentiation unique for students who have autism?
What does a teacher need to differentiate?
Success based learning? What is it?

Video, Images, Text

Module 3: Differentiating lessons and activities within the classroom

1 hour

How to differentiate lessons and activities within the curriculum
Learning styles and the importance of learning styles in this context
IEPs and collaborating with parents

Video, Images, Text

Module 4: Lesson Management, Group Work & Resources

1 hour

What you need to manage differentiation in your classroom
How to manage Group Work
Collaborative Learning
What are the best resources to assist differentiation?

Module 5: Communication & Differentiation

1 hour

Communicating with students with autism requires a different approach.
Providing effective and appropriate instructions
Visual Supports and why they are important

Video, Images, Text

Module 6: The importance of technology

1 hour

Using technology
iPads and other tablets
Specific apps that assist learning for children who have autism

Video, Images, Text

Conclusion & Reflection

15 minutes

Conclusion & Reflection

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Latest Reviews

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Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by daniel hutt on 21/09/2017

The course was a great balance of written info, videos, links to external resources, as well as downloadable documents to use when using best practice with differentiation.

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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