Free online training on autism for parents expanded

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is expanding access to its online training for parents of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.

Parents of school-aged children and youth with autism spectrum disorder will now have free access to the department’s online training that is currently offered to educational personnel.

“Research shows parental involvement in their child’s intervention has a positive impact,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Expanding the availability of this training is an important step toward providing these families with the tools and supports they need to be successful in an inclusive, world-class education system from elementary to high school.”

The online training modules, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioural Interventions, have been provided to preschool autism agencies and school personnel across the seven school districts for the past few years. Parents of preschool-aged children were given access to this training in September 2018.

The modules provide parents with an introduction to behavioural interventions and learning strategies for children with the disorder. They give parents tools to better understand, question and engage in their child’s program, as well as equip them to support their child’s intervention or educational program.

This training program offered by the department’s Autism Learning Partnership branch has been reviewed and validated by experts in the field. It is available in both English and French.

Parents or guardians can register for this training until Jan. 31. A registration form is available on the department’s website. The course will begin on Feb. 7.