Autism Mindsets for Educators | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


Autism Mindsets for Educators - #IMS23508

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

From looking beyond the ‘autism spectrum disorder’ label to preparing students for adulthood, this course is designed to empower educators with effective, research-based strategies to incorporate into their classrooms and professional practices. Course participants will examine nine strength-based mindsets necessary for navigating autism - as presented by Dr. Temple Grandin and psychologist Dr. Debra Moore. This course prepares educators by emphasizing strengths and assets of individuals with autism to maximize their potential inside and outside of school.

Global Goals of the Course

The following global goals of the course exist to deepen and/or apply the content and skills of teachers’ existing professional knowledge:

  1. To evaluate course-related research, literature, content, and strategies and formulate connections and applications to educator practice.
  2. To incorporate Dr. Temple Grandin’s 9 mindsets for maximizing the potential of students on the autism spectrum into one’s professional practices.
  3. To design an effective learning environment that incorporates essential best practices for the inclusive classroom.
  4. To develop lessons, activities, and accommodations that are designed to meet the individualized strengths and needs of students on the autism spectrum.
  5. To compile a list of resources to further enhance your professional educational practice of working with students on the autism spectrum.


By Andrea Kelly
Reviewed 1 year ago
Mary Wolf was an amazing instructor. I have enjoyed the last three classes with her.

By Nicola Durband
Reviewed 1 year ago
The course was amazing. The subject was of high interest to me. The instructor was easy to talk to and personable. He made me feel very welcome as a newcomer. He utilized cooperative teaching strategies, engaging the participants through collaboration. It was a great learning community.

By Laura Bass
Reviewed 11 months ago
Shelly Fisher was very helpful and accessible during the classes I have taken with her. I appreciate her time and support.

By Suruchi Matthews
Reviewed 10 months ago
Steve is great! He makes it so easy to share and start interesting discussions!

By Renee Hoadley
Reviewed 7 months ago
Fabulous course. Steve Novak is well organized. He presented engaging and resources and information about autism and how educators can support students with disabilities.

By Carrie Miller
Reviewed 7 months ago
I have loved every course that I have taken through Connecting Link and Steve! Thank you!

Interactive courses are delivered via Zoom at specific times with a live instructor.

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Or view all courses led by Steve Novak.

06/19/23 - 07/02/23
Jun 19 - Jul 02, 2023
Zoom Meetings will be on Mondays and Wednesdays (June 19, 21, 26, 28, 2023) from 8:30am – 10:00am Central Time.