This unit describes the skills and knowledge to provide support to students who have education needs associated with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - contribute to planning and support for students with ASD on at least one occasion; - provided support to one or more students with the disorder by: selecting and using suitable resources; implementing educational programs; supporting positive social interactions, and; - used professional language and demonstrated the importance of confidentiality in talking with teachers and other professionals.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - ASD and its effects on development and learning; - communication techniques for engaging students with ASD in the education context; - education facility's policy related to working with people with a disability; - other professionals and their work in relation to ASD; - use of professional language; - legislation related to anti-discrimination, disability in the education environment, child safety and inclusiveness, and; - positive behaviour-support techniques.

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