Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Children)

Recognition of Achievement


The Working with Preschool and Elementary Children stream provides teachers, educational assistants and child care professionals with the knowledge, background and skills to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, assisting them in meeting the challenges of integrating individuals with ASD into a classroom environment.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop preschool & elementary series provides professional development for teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators and those wishing to acquire background and knowledge regarding working with individuals with ASD in a classroom/play environment.

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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Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD

Students are introduced to the 5(five) major disorders of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students learn to access and evaluate the characteristics and skills of children with ASD. Community services and support system networks for children with ASD and their families are provided.

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Teaching Strategies & Techniques

Students learn teaching strategies and techniques to use with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on speech and language, social skills, personal care skills, visual learning strategies and inclusion in the classroom.

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Managing Difficult Behaviours in the Classroom

Students learn intervention strategies and environmental adaptations to reduce problematic behaviour in the classroom. Students discuss and evaluate a variety of procedures and techniques used to manage difficult behaviours.

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Communication Strategies

Students will learn how to respond and communicate effectively with families, staff and clinical teams in working with individuals with ASD. Current approaches to team building, problem solving techniques and interpersonal communication will be discussed.

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Physical Environment: The Teaching Environment

Students learn how to develop strategies/plans to meet the needs of children with ASD in the classroom. Engaging the environment to support inclusion and learning success is discussed and applied to classroom/play environments. On-going assessment and evaluations tools are presented and discussed.

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Program Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Preschool & Elementary Children stream program are:

  1. Describe, assess and evaluate the characteristics and skills of individuals with ASD.
  2. Learn concepts, terminology and strategies based on applied behavioural analysis, child development, and early behaviour intervention.
  3. Acquiring practical knowledge in working with individuals with ASD in a classroom setting in the following areas: teaching strategies and techniques, supporting inclusion and learning success, intervention strategies, adaptations and modifications, ethics and professionalism, problem solving techniques, interpersonal communication skills and on-going assessment and evaluation methods.
  4. Utilizing gained knowledge to develop strategic plans to meet the needs of individuals with ASD working collaboratively with clinical teams, staff and families.

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.