Asperger's and Verbal Students with ASD - Part 1

Autism Spectrum
Asperger's and Verbal Students with ASD - Part 1

Many students with autism have verbal skills that make their disabilities less apparent. This course will help you to understand and support them. For students who have historically been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, school can still pose significant challenges. Starting with a helpful review of the history of the diagnosis, you’ll learn recent changes in terminology that require the term Asperger’s to be discontinued. But the challenges for students with these disabilities still persist, and there’s a new classification called Social Communication Disorder. This course also identifies the many factors that contribute to the delay or prevention of proper diagnoses. With this foundation, you’ll be well positioned for the interventions in Part 2.

Course Authors
Catherine Faherty
Catherine Faherty worked with the TEACCH® Autism Program in North Carolina for more than 20 years, where she performed diagnostic evaluations, served as a parent consultant and child therapist, consulted with school programs, and trained teachers and other professionals locally, nationally and internationally. She’s the author of “Aspergers...What Does It Mean to Me?" which provides children with high-functioning autism and Aspergers – and their families and teachers – with a method to understand the effects of autism in their daily lives. She also wrote “Communication…What Does It Mean to Me?” and “Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life.” You can learn more at


28 minutes