Neurodiversity: A New Approach for Students with Special Needs

Course 5855

Neurodiversity—a concept whose time has come—challenges educators to shift from a disability perspective to a diversity perspective, and to use strength-based strategies designed to help students with disabilities be successful in life and in school. For educators, this course encourages educators to focus on the positive assets of students with disabilities who are neurodiverse and neurotypical, and to understand how to support and provide the instruction they need. The following topics specific to teaching students with disabilities are included in the coursework: assessment, communication, strategies for students with autism, dyslexia, strength-based instructional models, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mental illness, technology for use with students with disabilities, assistive technology, and Universal Design for Learning.

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What you will learn:

  • Use provided prompts specific to neurodiversity to describe assumptions and insights of practitioners, researchers and self, including how the information relates to professional educational practice.
  • Design use of strength-based strategies and technology tools for students who are neurodiverse. 
  • Prepare an activity to collaborate with school or community representatives to show representation of students who are neurodiverse. 
  • Implement assistive technology to support students who are neurodiverse. 
  • Develop an action plan to challenge the status quo related to neurodiversity.
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