About the National Autism Academy
The National Autism Academy offers varied autism-related on-line courses and live trainings for families and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. These trainings are based on Dr. Timothy Wahlberg’s 25 years of clinical experience in private practice where he has worked with many thousands of children and their families and interfaced with schools to create educational success and a better experience for teachers, the child with autism and his/her fellow students.
Dr. Wahlberg’s teachings are based on his clinical findings, but are delivered in a fresh, easy to digest format, which provide a perspective and understanding of autism that empowers teachers and parents to find the unique solutions for each child for each situation.
Timothy Wahlberg, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist
Founder and Clinical Director, The Prairie Clinic, Geneva, IL
Clinical Director, National Autism Academy
Dr. Wahlberg has been developing life-changing strategies for families with children on the autism spectrum through his work in a clinical, one-on-one environment for nearly 25 years. During this training, you will receive the tools, techniques, and worksheets he uses so successfully in his own practice, along with the instructions you need to use them.
Dr. Wahlberg has published extensively on the subjects of autism and neurological impairments, has spoken at local and national levels on autism and neuro-developmental delay, and has contributed conceptually to the current diagnostic criteria for autism. Dr. Wahlberg also conducts training seminars at the professional level in these areas.
Founder, National Autism Academy
Author, Autism & The Rest of Us: How to Sustain a Healthy, Functional and Satisfying Life with a Person on the Autism Spectrum.
Jeanne Beard is a thought leader in the autism arena. The founder of the National Autism Academy, a speaker, coach and author of Autism & The Rest of Us: How to Sustain a Healthy, Functional and Satisfying Life with a Person on the Autism Spectrum. Jeanne also served as the lead writer and inspirational support behind Dr. Wahlberg’s book, Finding the Gray, Understanding and Thriving in the Black and White World of Autism And Asperger’s receiving a first hand education from Dr. Wahlberg in the process.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University and retired from a successful career in business to business sales to Found the National Autism Academy where she provides training to hundreds of parents, educators and professionals. Jeanne is the mother of 2 sons, one diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and one diagnosed with ADHD, is certified as a life coach and dedicates her time to helping those with autism succeed in life.
Introduction to On-Line Training for Teachers
Course Title: How to Be the Best Teacher for a Child with Autism While Creating a Happy Classroom
Course Description: This course will teach you the fundamentals of how an individual with autism thinks, the principles behind why children with autism respond the way they do, and the strategies you need in the classroom to work with them effectively, increase the likelihood of their success, and make the classroom experience better for yourself and all your students!
While this training provides appropriate guidelines for an autism classroom, unlike other trainings whose primary focus is on lower functioning students, this course is designed to create support for all levels of functionality, including higher functioning children with autism who are in the classroom and can thrive with the right understanding and support.
Who Should Take This Course: This course is designed for teachers and professionals who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or anyone who wishes to have the ability to successfully understand and support children with autism of all levels of functionality.
Course Format: This course is comprised of 8 Modules of material that are available 24/7 on-line, through a password protected website. Each Module includes written instruction materials, audio recordings from Dr. Wahlberg, and a written exercise designed to help the student process and master the information in the module. There is a final written essay which can be used as an optional part of the training if desired.
Each module includes a downloadable “cheat sheet” to use as a bookmark or classroom reference.
Virtual classroom live training calls can be added to this on-line format to enhance the experience of the student, or to provide a workshop opportunity.
Office hours are provided for the student to call with questions.
Questions received by email will be answered within 2 business days.
Module 1: Overview and Basics
Module Benefits: This module provides specific perspectives that will serve as a guide for teachers in establishing a teaching protocol that will: 1) support the student’s success in the classroom, 2) increase confidence in working with and having a child with autism in the classroom, and 3) help leverage these strategies to support the entire class. This Module will cover these specific topics:
- Accepting the diagnosis and its meaning (even if the child seems like they should be able to manage)
- Can a Child with Autism Manipulate?
- Can’t vs. Won’t
- The power of consistency/the need for all environments working together/how to dealing with parents
- The need for flexibility
- Applying accommodations to the entire classroom vs. singling out the child with autism
- The value of functional skills to a child with autism
- Cognitive vs. associative tasks (eye contact, taking notes, etc.)
- Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement (punish vs. reteach)
- Allowing sensory breaks
- How to find the teachable moment
Module 2: Understanding the Behavior of a Child with ASD (part 1)
Module Benefits: This module provides specific understanding of strategies to support helping the child with autism stay calm and regulated in the classroom, both neurologically and emotionally. This module will serve as a guide for teachers in understanding and managing difficult behavior in the classroom, creating more effective interventions, as well as delivering tips to leverage the same strategies to support the entire class. This Module will cover these specific topics:
- All Behavior Has Meaning
- Birth to Behavior
- Sensory Hypersensitivity/Neurological Regulation
- Helping a Child Stay on Task in the Classroom
- Allowing Sensory Breaks/Sensory Diets
- Emotional Regulation
- Managing Anger and Meltdowns
- Managing Physical Aggression
Module 3: Understanding the Behavior of a Child with ASD (part 2)
Module Benefit: This module provides specific understanding of common thinking patterns that arise as a result of the neurological architecture of the brain of children with autism. This is the filter through which the child’s understanding of the world is viewed and shapes behavior. This will serve as a guide for the teacher in understanding and managing behavior in the classroom, and help you create effective interventions relating to:
- Black and White Thinking
- Rigid Thinking
- Literal Thinking
- Getting stuck
Module 4: The Social Database and Social Skills Development
Module Benefits: This module is designed to help the teacher understand the child’s social abilities and deficits and how they influence the behavior and performance in the classroom and provides strategies to optimize the child’s strengths and limit their weaknesses in this area. This module will cover these topics:
- How is the social Database developed?
- Why the Aversion to Social Interaction?
- Flying under the radar
- How do we develop Social skills?
- How do we get younger children to interact with class
- Self Advocacy as a Social Skill
- Bullying and Social Skills
Module 5: Motivating the Child with Autism
Module Benefits: This module will provide the teacher with a new understanding of how to recognize when autism is behind a behavior, the all-important skill of motivating a child with ASD, and how to help the child recognize and follow rules and stimulate interest and participation. This module will cover these topics:
- Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
- Why doesn’t he/she follow the rules?
- Can a Child with Autism Manipulate?
Module 6: Communicating Effectively. What makes communication so difficult?
Module Benefits: This module will teach the teacher specific strategies to use to communicate effectively and to teach abstract concepts so that the information is understood. This will improve the child’s overall comprehension and ability to respond and become a contributing member of the class. This module will cover these topics:
- Why is information MIA?
- Abstract Terms and the TEACH method
- Executive Functioning/Linear Language and Comprehension
- Making Language Linear
- Always use Visual Supports
- 17 Tips for better communication
- Communication in Summary
Module 7: Executive Functioning Challenges in the Classroom
Module Benefit: This module looks at the pervasive difficulties of a child with ASD’s executive functioning deficits and how they impact the child’s scholastic performance, providing insight and strategies to teachers who wish to help the child more effectively succeed in the standard classroom. This module will cover these topics:
- The Lack of Executive Function – what does it effect?
- Linear thinking and Executive Functioning
- Lack of Accountability
- How to Develop accountability and Executive Functioning
- Teaching Problem Solving
Module 8: Intervention Examples
Module Benefit: This module includes actual examples of applications of the training materials in this course to use as reference.
- Addressing Black and White thinking
- Addressing Getting stuck
- Addressing Emotional Regulation
- Addressing Neurological Regulation
Final Exam (optional):
Final exam designed to challenge the student to locate the appropriate content and apply it to actual case studies to provide experience and confidence in creating interventions.
Additional Optional Module: How to Develop Social Skills at Home and at School
This module discusses in depth the development of social skills in a child with autism, providing details on areas of difficulty and specific tools to over come those deficits.
For additional information regarding our Teacher Training Programs- Please call: 800-266-7013, Ext 2 or Email: lrutkowski@NationalAutismAcademy.com
The Mission of the National Autism Academy
- Encourage, Educate and Support parents, families and caregivers who live, love and work with those on the autism spectrum to increase understanding and effectiveness
- Create greater awareness, acceptance, understanding and accommodation in the general public
- Address and create solutions to resolve future long term issues facing families