Autism Assistant Overview
If you are passionate about education and helping learners with unique circumstances excel and grow, CVTC's Autism Assistant technical diploma will be the perfect fit for your career.
Our communities and schools need caring individuals who have the training and tools to assist students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Designed for working paraprofessionals, those looking to get into a career in education, or parents or care providers wanting to better understand ASD, this program will teach you the essential skills to understand an ASD diagnosis. Then build on those skills to utilize the recommended interventions, strategies, and approaches to celebrate the ideas and interests of these special individuals.
During this one-year program, you will discover how to help learners develop social skills, create a foundation of safety and trust, and build on their strengths through people-centered approaches. Education is shifting to embrace differences. Take the next step to a long-term career in this emerging and vital field. Help change the lives of these students for the better!
The Autism Assistant technical diploma includes hours in a practicum placement directly working with people with autism.
The Autism Assistant program will teach you how to:
- Learn methods to better support and work with students with disabilities in K-12 school settings
- Provide meaningful, student-centered accommodations for individuals diagnosed with ASD
- Work as an instructional assistant, supporting children with diverse educational needs
- Interact and communicate effectively with children with special needs
- Provide behavior management and crisis intervention
- Work as a team member providing services to children with special needs
- Use sound judgment and knowledge of student behaviors and district policies to make decisions
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Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.
Just the Facts
Special Education Paraprofessional
Academic Support Teacher
CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.
Autism Assistant professionals make an average starting salary of $34,359.
There are 253 job openings in the CVTC district for the Autism Assistant industry.
* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Autism Assistant program.
Students evaluate models of behavior management, analyze social emotional learning, and explain the importance of proactive management techniques. In addition, students evaluate models of behavior management, analyze behavior and analyze the influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences on behavior in order to focus on developing skills to assist in empowering children to take an active role in self-control and classroom management.
Overview of Autism
Understanding the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is critical for those interacting with children/youth on the spectrum. Develop a fundamental understanding of what ASD is, how it is diagnosed and the primary areas of impairment.
Autism in the Classroom
Explore the effects of a positive learning environment, specialized instructional methods and relevant services to support children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in classroom settings.
Related Programs & Certificates
Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
Degrees & Diplomas
Child Care Services, Technical Diploma
Early Childhood Education, Associate Degree
Foundations of Teacher Education, Associate Degree
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