Crowder College Introduces Autism Education Programs
Neosho, MO (CollegeToCareers.com) – Crowder College announced a new set of certificate programs meant to teach educators how to work with children diagnosed with autism. One is focused on people who are looking to work one on one with autistic kids in an educational facility and the other is meant for teachers or any college graduates who are interested in a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst qualification. Both courses last 19 hours to complete.
The demand for autism related services is quite considerable in Missouri. Jamie Emery, a coordinator and instructor of the Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (AABA) program, believes that the program is “really exciting” and points out that Crowder College is the only community school in the United States that offers such a program.
“There are lots of places where you can work with our AABA qualification. Social workers, psychologists and sociologists can easily benefit from this training in their daily tasks. There is a really high demand of positions in our region with very few certified people.”
Crowder takes the training process further than any other university in the country has: even though AABA classes should generally be offered as part of Master’s degrees, the college allows all Master’s graduates to take the classes and take the board exam afterwards. Parents are also advised to sign up for the program. William Bell, father of two, one of which had been diagnosed with autism, is anxious to start on with the course, because “the strategies Crowder advertises are too good to miss. Any parent of an autistic child should enroll in these classes.”
All in all, the AABA program will teach you how to work with all children, not only ones with autism. Emery says that the techniques they developed to work with autistic children are wonderful strategies to work with every child.
Autism rates have gone through the roof since the early 1990’s. Future estimates show that between two and six children in 1,000 will be diagnosed with autism, while twenty years ago the rate was of only one in 10,000. The current average autism rate on children between 3 and 10 is of 3.4 per thousand, which is lower than the mental retardation rate (9.7 per thousand) but higher than hearing loss (1.1 per thousand), vision impairment (0.9 per thousand) or cerebral palsy (2.8 per thousand children).