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


Autism Mindsets for Educators - #IMW23010

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 Elizabeth James
Reviewed 1 month ago
The course was helpful and Mary was an amazing instructor!

By Lauren Pennington
Reviewed 2 months ago
I gained many useful resources from the course that I can apply to my teaching practice.

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

By Gail Truger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Steve Novak is a great instructor. I have enjoyed every single class that I have taken of his! He is knowledgeable, fun, and enthusiastic, which is helpful after working all day and then logging on to a class. The class information and the way that it is presented is clever and invaluable. I am looking forward to more classes with Steve and The Connecting Link!

By Katherine Philipp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The instructor was so kind, informative & helpful.

By Nicky Durband
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

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

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04/10/23 - 05/07/23
Apr 10 - May 07, 2023
Zoom Meetings will be on Thursdays (Apr 13, 20, 27, May 04, 2023 ) from 5:00pm – 6:30pm Central Time.