Supporting Students with ASD in Your Classroom: an Online Course for Teachers (10-week online course)

If you’ve met one person with ASD, you’ve met one person with ASD. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a spectrum disorder, meaning it is characterized by a wide range of symptoms and severity. Although there are core characteristics present in all individuals with the diagnosis, there is much variability across individuals. Given their varied profiles, how can we best support them?

Supporting Students with ASD in your Classroom: An Online Course for Teachers provides a comprehensive overview of ASD and relevant topics in the classroom setting. These topics include the basics of ASD, understanding and changing behaviour, inclusion, structure, social and communication skills, executive functions, and much more!

This 10-week course (approximately 4.5+ hours per week) is offered in a flexible format to meet the needs of working teachers. It consists of a combination of interactive on-demand sessions (completed within a participant’s own schedule) and live online sessions (at set times). The course will culminate with a capstone project applied to the participant’s own school setting, which requires synthesizing and demonstrating what has been learned. By the end of this course, participants will be equipped with knowledge and tools to support this diverse population in their classrooms.


This course is open to teachers and allied professionals (administrators, district helping teachers, speech language pathologists, counselors, school psychologists, occupational therapists) employed in BC School Districts and Independent Schools.

  • All registrants pay a $50 admin fee
  • Registrations are not transferable

Course Structure & Content

  • Module 1: Introduction to the Course
  • Module 2: Introduction to ASD
  • Module 3: Individual Characteristics
  • Module 4: Understanding Behaviour
  • Module 5: The Inclusive Classroom
  • Module 6: Structuring the Environment
  • Module 7: Communication – Goals, Strategies, & Resources
  • Module 8: Strategies & Resources for Social Skills
  • Module 9: Executive Functions
  • Final Capstone Project

Readings assigned for the course may be accessed via the course website through a username and password provided in advance of each course.

Participants will receive a course binder which contains the course outline, core concept notes, assignment forms, resources, glossary, and references, and a set of POPARD handouts.

The mark in this class will be based on completion of the on demand modules, assignments, readings and quizzes, participation in the live sessions, and the final capstone project. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a mark of superior pass, pass, or no pass.