Registrations open for free online training for parents of children with autism

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says parents and guardians of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder are encouraged to register for the provincial government's free online training programs.

In a press release, the province says the training programs, "Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioural interventions: An Introduction for School Personnel - Access for Parents/Guardians" and "Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioural Interventions: Supporting Preschool Personnel" will be available to all parents/guardians of preschool children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.

"Our government knows how important it is to support families with children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy.

Online registration, through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website will be open to parents and guardians from May 10 to 24 and the programs will begin on June 3.

The province says the programs have been provided to preschool autism agencies and educational personnel across the seven school districts for the past few years, and parents/guardians will also benefit from access to slightly modified versions of these programs.

According to today's press release, enrolled parents and guardians will have access to modules pertaining to basic concepts, the impact on learning, as well as the interventions that aim to address the skills deficits associated with the disorder, as well as helping parents gain a better understanding of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and offer them initial training in the evidence-based interventions being used by the personnel working with their child.

The training programs are offered by the Autism Learning Partnership branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and are available in both English and French.