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Room 205 Morris Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Certificate Program
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer and is in compliance with Title IX and Section 504. The
University of Wisconsin System provides equal opportunity in employment and
programming including Title IX requirement. Please advise us at the time of
registration or at least two weeks prior to the start of the course if you desire
special accommodations.
Autism             is characterized by difficulties in communication, unusual
responses to sensory stimuli, difficulty relating to people or to the environment,
and developmental discrepancies. All of those with autism share a common
symptom cluster, yet each student’s personality, interests and responses to
problems are influenced by the severity of the autism and intellectual ability, the
impact of additional disabilities, inherited traits, family culture, and past
educational and community experiences. Although considered a relatively
uncommon disorder, the incidence of individuals with autism spectrum disorders
is ten times more prevalent than ten years ago and it requires specific teaching
strategies for individuals to successfully participate in home, school, and
community life. This training will review the history of autism and common
characteristics. Best teaching practices for communication, education, nutrition,
medication, sensory, social, and vocational issues will also be presented. Finally,
a review of controversial treatments will be discussed.

Who Will Benefit
School personnel including regular and special educators, paraprofessionals, speech
pathologists, occupational therapists; medical field professionals including psychologists and
mental health counselors; health and human services workers; parents and family members
of persons with ASD, or anyone who currently or will provide direct support or service to
individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school, work and community

Participants Will:
• Understand the diagnostic criteria for and characteristics of autism
• Become familiar with a variety of communication strategies for individuals with autism
• Develop an understanding of strategies that help develop social skills
• Become familiar with the use of nutritional supplements and medications that can relieve
  some of the symptoms of autism
• Develop an awareness of sensory integration difficulties of individuals with autism and
  strategies to provide appropriate sensory input
• Become more aware of the needs of families with individuals with autism
• Develop an understanding of non-intrusive behavior strategies to support social behaviors
• Develop an understanding of alternative therapies and ways to judge the validity of these

CEU’s Program Format and Requirements:
• CEU based, no grades
• Full attendance
• Read all handouts prior to session
• Give a final small group presentation after reading autobiography/biography of an
  individual with autism
• Book review from instructor list
Credit Program Format and Requirements:
Undergraduate Credit
• Application of information assignments (5-7 total)
• Presentation and discussion of teaching ideas specific to individuals with autism
• Full attendance at workshops
• Post-workshop seminar discussion
• Written book review from instructor list

Graduate Credit
• Completion of all undergraduate requirements listed above
• Case study analysis and summary paper (may include research and applications outside
  of workshop times).

Core Presenters
Kirby Lentz, Ed.D., is President and CEO of Chileda and has 33 years experience working
with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Diane Hietpas, M.S.E., is the Director of Special Education at Chileda and a part-time
instructor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Vitrebo University. She has 24 years
experience working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including

Lynn Kay, L.C.S.W., M.S., is the Director of Family Services at Chileda and has 34 years
experience working with families of children and adolescents with developmental
disabilities, including autism.

Shari Carlson, B.S., is the Director of Behavior Services at Chileda and has 17 years
experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Carol Angell, Ph.D., is full time faculty within UW-L’s Department of Educational Studies
where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for Cross-Categorical Special
Education certification and inclusive practices for general classroom teachers. Dr. Angell
oversees the credit course content and serves as the university instructor of record.
Additional presenters will include a physician, speech/language pathologist, occupational
therapist, and special education teachers, all with expertise in treating individuals with

 Contact Information
 To receive additional information including an application form and a schedule of the next
 available sessions, please contact the UW-L Office of Continuing Education and
 Extension at 608.785.6500 or FAX us at 608.785.6547 or
 e-mail us at: or visit our Web site at:
Certificate Course Content
“A Child Who Couldn’t Play” Video               Medication and Side Effects for Persons
1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)                            with Autism
This is an introductory session on autism.      1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)
This session introduces indicators of autism,   This session reviews the diagnostic criteria
signs of symptoms of autism, autism             for autism and autism spectrum disorders
spectrum disorders, and DSM-IV diagnostic       and then reviews treatment evaluation of
criteria for autism and Asperger’s              medication and behavior intervention.
Syndrome.                                       Medications prescribed to individuals with
                                                autism are covered in detail.
Asperger’s Syndrome
                                                Nutritional Supplements
1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)
                                                1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)
This session defines Asperger’s Syndrome,
                                                This session discusses the three commonly
its incidence and possible causes. In
                                                used nutritional supplements and presents
addition, the following characteristics of
                                                general information, usual dosage, and
Asperger’s Syndrome are discussed: social
                                                length of trial period.
skills, use of language, preoccupation,
undiagnosed or misdiagnosed individuals,        Alternative Therapies
and co-existing conditions.                     3 hours (.3 CEUs)
                                                This session discusses a number of
Communications Strategies
                                                alternative therapies, defining each therapy
3 hours (.3 CEUs)
                                                and its potential for positive/negative effects.
This session discusses what communication
is, communication modes, communication          Positive Behavior Supports
characteristics of individuals with autism,     1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)
and techniques to enhance communication.        This session discusses the use of non-
                                                intrusive behavior strategies to support
Social Implications/Theory of Mind
                                                appropriate social behaviors.
3 hours (.3 CEUs)
This session discusses the Theory of Mind
                                                Family Perspectives and Implications for
with insights and implications on how the
                                                Professionals Working with Children with
mind of an individual with autism may
work. Appropriate strategies for teaching
                                                1.5 hours (.15 CEUs)
socially acceptable behaviors are
                                                This session will focus on family issues that
                                                may arise which may be unique to families
Sensory Input, Impact, and Implications         with a child with autism.
for Persons with Autism
3 hours (.3 CEUs)
                                                3 hours (.3 CEUs)
This session discusses three facets of
                                                This session will be an open discussion,
processing sensory input: integration,
                                                allowing participants to review knowledge
registration, and dysfunction. Practical
                                                gained and how this knowledge can be
strategies to meet sensory needs are also
                                                applied to actual situations. Each
                                                participant, during the course of this
TEACCH 3 hours                                  training, will read and be expected to
(.3 CEUs)                                       summarize an autobiography about a person
Treatment and Education of Autistic and         with autism.
related Communication handicapped
CHildren presents specific teaching
strategies that include visual scheduling,
modifying the environment, teaching
independence, and creating educational,
recreational and life skills tasks.

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