Class 1 – The Perspective That Works:
Introduction to Autism in the Classroom

The purpose of this class is to provide specific perspectives that will serve as a guide for you in establishing a teaching protocol that will support your student’s success in the classroom, increase your confidence in working with and having a child with autism in your classroom, and help you to leverage the strategies to support the entire class.

This class is delivered as 8 comprehensive, easy to digest lessons. Each lesson contains a mix of audio recordings, video recordings and written content which is accessible anywhere, anytime that best fits your schedule.

  • Lesson 1: Accepting the Diagnosis
  • Lesson 2: Can a Child with Autism Manipulate?
  • Lesson 3: Can’t Vs. Won’t
  • Lesson 4: The Power of Consistency – All Environments Must Work Together
  • Lesson 5: The Need for Flexibility
  • Lesson 6: Applying Accommodations to the Entire Classroom – Singling Out the Child
  • Lesson 7: Cognitive vs. Associative Tasks
  • Lesson 8: Finding the Teachable Moment

Your Class Presenters

Timothy Wahlberg, Ph.D.

Timothy Wahlberg, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist Founder and Clinical Director
The Prairie Clinic, Geneva, IL

Clinical Director
National Autism Academy

Jeanne Beard

Jeanne Beard

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.”

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.

Jeanne is the Founder of the National Autism Academy, a graduate of Northwestern University, and the author of Autism & The Rest of Us: How to Sustain a Healthy, Functional And Satisfying Relationship with a Person on the Autism Spectrum.

Jeanne is the mother of 2 sons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. As a certified life coach she dedicates her time to helping those who live with, work with and love someone with autism succeed in life.

Together we will demystify autism and the associated behaviors, providing practical solutions to common educational issues that will give you the confidence and knowledge to make your classroom happier, your job easier, and your students more successful.


We will cover…

  • The value of functional skills to a child with autism
  • The need for flexibility
  • How to deal with the parents
  • The power of consistency/the need for all environments to work together
  • Accepting the diagnosis (even if the child seems like they should be able to manage)
  • Applying Accommodations to the entire classroom/singling out the child
  • Can a Child with Autism Manipulate?
  • Cognitive vs. Associative Tasks (eye contact, taking notes, etc.)
  • Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement (punish vs. reteach)
  • Don’t forget to Praise and Appreciate

Class 1 – The Perspective That Works:
Introduction to Autism in the Classroom


4 PD Clock Hours

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