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This course has been designed to provide training for people who are providing "hands on" respite care to individuals who have autism. In this self-paced online course you will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and understand how people with ASD experience the world.

Course Outline:


  • Module 1 – Your Roles as a Respite Worker

  • Module 2 - Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Module 3 - Communication

  • Module 4 - Social Interaction and Play

  • Module 5 - The Unique World of ASD

  • Module 6 - Strategies for Positive and Enriching Respite Care

Learning Objectives:


  • Describe the role of a respite support provider

  • Identify qualities that families look for in a respite provider

  • Define ASD and explain why it is called a spectrum disorder

  • Give examples of communication challenges in ASD

  • Describe several techniques to encourage social interaction skills

  • Create meaningful activities for a person with ASD

  • Ways to reduce anxiety in a person with ASD

  • Explain the concept of predictable function

  • Develop strategies for positive and enriching respite care