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Communication for Students on the Autism Spectrum is a Course

Communication for Students on the Autism Spectrum

5 credits

$60 Enroll

Full course description

Course Overview

This course focuses on a variety of topics included in communication, including how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may affect a person’s receptive, expressive, and pragmatic communication skills. Emphasis will be on practical strategies for both classroom settings and home teaching to support students across their day. Examples will be shared to address the needs of a variety of ages and ability levels, from students who are non-verbal who may use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to communicate, to those who are following a general education curriculum and need conversational language support.

Material was developed into sections to better facilitate learning. The sections under each course are structured to be viewed sequentially.

  • Communication Section 1: Communication Basics, Assessment, and Goals (80 minutes)
  • Communication Section 2: Interventions – AAC and Receptive Language (80 minutes)
  • Communication Section 3: Interventions – Expressive Language (80 minutes)
  • Communication Section 4: Creating a Communication Plan (30 minutes)


By completing this course participants will:

  1. Describe 5 ways autism can impact communication.
  2. Identify 3 strategies to support receptive and expressive language.
  3. Complete a Comprehensive Communication Profile for a student.

Meet the Presenter

Amy Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amy is an Educational Consultant, and a TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant. She works for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. She has experience working with young children, school-age children, and young adults. She has worked in a variety of settings, including in-home, public and private schools, and a private clinic. She has provided professional development to local parent support groups, professional organizations, schools, and at the Autism Society National Conference, and OCALICON, an international autism and disabilities conference.

How to Access

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  7. Click the Enroll button. And then click the "Enroll in Course" button.  Once enrolled, click "Go to Canvas course" to get started. All coursework will be delivered through Canvas.
  8. After course completion you will return to the IU Expand dashboard,, to obtain your Certificate of Attendance. If you have taken courses for Type II BCBA credit, send an email to Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D,


Length:  5 hours


Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community


Credit: Certificate of Attendance (5 hours)


Audience:  This course is designed for the General Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Behavior Consultants, Autism Consultants, Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Administrators, Classroom Assistants/Paraprofessionals, and Family Members.

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