Monday, August 24, 2009

Arizona State Adding Master's Program for Teaching Students Autism

When Suzanne Painter mentions that Arizona State University is launching a master's program this fall to train educators and service providers to teach students with autism, the response is almost always the same: "I have a relative or friend with autism."
Painter, department chairwoman in ASU's College of Teacher Education and Leadership, can relate. She also knows someone with autism - her nephew. That experience helped persuade her and other academics building the program that the courses should be taught entirely online and open to anyone: teachers, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, parents.
A lack of special-education teachers with expertise with autism is causing problems in schools across the country.

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