Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Adults & Adolescents

Recognition of Achievement


The Working with Adolescents and Adults stream is designed to provide strategies to assist adolescents and adults in the activities of daily living; to encourage successful transitions; building social skills/relationships; and job training skills.

These workshops will be offered through distance education starting in January 2014.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

The basic admission requirement is the Ontario Secondary Graduation Diploma. Consideration is also given to mature persons over the age of 19, who do not possess a high school diploma. It is preferable that students have a completed degree in education, psychology or diploma in E.C.E., social services, child and youth or developmental service worker, or educational assistant diploma/certificate.

New students can begin the program in any of the three semesters (Fall, Winter, Summer).


It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

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Building Social Skills/Relationships

Students are introduced to the many social challenges adolescents and adults with ASD experience. Students learn approaches and strategies used to assist and build social skills and relationships. Topics include: peer support, making friends, sustaining a relationship and sexuality.

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Life Skills Development I

Students learn strategies to assist and support adolescents/adults in their daily living routines and activities. Methods to foster appropriate decision making skills and nurturing healthy interests are discussed.

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Life Skills Development II

Students learn methods to assist and support life skills development for adolescents/adults promoting community access. Topics include: purchasing skills, appropriate behaviour in public places and pedestrian safety.

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Supporting Transitions

Students learn the transition challenges and common mistakes adolescents/adults experience in the educational system & workplace. Strategies to support transitions are discussed. Topics include: educational transition challenges from elementary to secondary to post secondary institutions, accommodations, living arrangements, successful strategies & support systems.

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Problematic Behaviours

Students learn the inappropriate behaviours adolescents/adults with ASD exhibit and strategies/methods used to decrease specific behaviours. Coping strategies to decrease depression and anxiety are discussed. Health concerns will be addressed. Topics include: problematic behaviours-creating disturbances, property destruction & coping strategies-relaxation techniques.

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Vocational Training

Students are introduced to potential employment opportunities for individuals with ASD. Skills assessment and job skills training are discussed with an emphasis on successful models. Community programs, services and support systems are presented.

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Program Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the Working with Individual with ASD Adolescents/Adults stream are:

  1. Provide approaches and strategies to be used to assist and build social skills and healthy relationships.
  2. Assist adolescents/adults in their daily living routines with specific attention to self care and independence and to promote appropriate decision making skills.
  3. Provide methods to assist successful community access including appropriate behaviour in public places.
  4. Explain the challenges and common mistakes individuals with ASD make handling change and provide strategies to assist and encourage successful transitions.
  5. Explain problematic behaviours associated with individuals with ASD and specific strategies and techniques to decrease these behaviours, depression and anxiety.
  6. Discuss potential employment opportunities, skills assessment and job skill training.
  7. Discuss successful models.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22512

Norma Columbus
Program Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.22847

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.