December 19, 2002
UW-RF Offers Autism Introduction Course
The UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies is offering a new three-credit class beginning in January to inform educators and others about autism spectrum disorders in the classroom.
"There are increasing numbers of children with autism spectrum disorders in today's classrooms," said Mary Manke, associate dean of the college. "As a result, there is an urgent need for school professionals to better understand autism and its implications in schools and society as a whole."
Participants will learn about autism spectrum disorders and their implications. They will be prepared to be active and informed team members and advocates for these students. Also, they will learn effective strategies to enhance communication, socialization, and learning when teaching these children.
The course, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, is designed for educators, including teachers, special educators, speech/language pathologists, school counselors and school psychologists. The classes will be held on the UW-River Falls campus, Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 9.
The instructor, Tara Tuchel, is a communicative interaction disorders teacher and speech/language pathologist at Willow River Elementary in Hudson. To register or learn more about the class, visit the UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies Web site at www.uwrf.edu/ogs, or call 715/425-3256.
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