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Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

Educators are just recognizing the potential of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism to lead highly productive, independent lives. Experienced special educators are still learning to spot the deficits these students display as likely signs of Asperger’s or related conditions on the autism spectrum. Portland State University’s three decades in the field stand out. As a national pioneer in the development of techniques and tools for academic and social skills training for teaching students with AS/HFA in K-12 settings, Portland State’s Graduate School of Education offers continuing education for today’s teachers with effective grounding and proven approaches to reaching these children.

PSU’s online certificate program provides a framework for understanding how to improve the social, cognitive, behavioral and academic skills of students with Asperger’s Syndrome by teaching them to utilize appropriate social skills across a variety of contexts. This 12-credit, fully online program focuses on how AS/HFA affects a student’s behavior, social interaction and learning skills and the specific techniques, strategies, and environmental modifications to enable children and young adults to succeed in general education, at home, and in the community.

Topics include diagnostic issues, educational implications, transitioning through grade levels to college and succeeding in the work world.

Who should enroll?

  • General education teachers
  • School psychologists and guidance counselors
  • Speech and language therapists and reading specialists
  • Special educators, learning specialists and paraprofessionals
  • Administrators, parents and other members of the student’s educational team

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Tracy Williams-Murphy
Program Manager

What is a Certificate of Completion?

Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete a series of linked courses with a defined focus. The certificate distributed upon completion of the identified courses reflects the total number of credits earned (graduate or undergraduate). These certificates of completion have been approved by the appropriate department(s). The individual courses will appear on your PSU transcript. The title of the certificate of completion will not. This series of courses is not eligible for federal financial aid unless taken as part of a degree program.