Understanding behaviour: supporting children with autism spectrum disorder


Behaviour is a form of communication. Though a person may not be saying words, it is clear through their behaviour and body language that they are telling us something.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often take longer to learn how to speak. Often those who can speak do not have the skills to explain ‘in the moment’ what they are thinking or what is concerning them.

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This module examines behaviour and why behaviour can be different for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how educators can support children through positive behaviour support strategies.

This module provides an understanding of:

  • why behaviour occurs
  • how to understand certain behaviour
  • some of the differences in development that children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) often experience, and
  • how to be pro-active with strategies individualised to the child to support positive behaviour.

Understanding Behaviour: Supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will contribute 1 hour of  PD addressing standard 3.5.2 and 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Additional information

Presented by

Autism Queensland

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 5: Relationships with children

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

1 – Know students and how they learn, 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning, 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Course Duration

60 Minutes