CHCEDS031 - Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

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CHCEDS031 - Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to provide support to students who have education needs associated with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.


The student can research autism spectrum disorder

• Document the historical context and current research relating to autism spectrum disorder

• Identify and document the processes of establishing a diagnosis of ASD

• Report on the difficulties experienced by students with ASD

• Identify the implications of the disorder on effective teaching and learning practices

The student can provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

• Work with the education team to assist the student with ASD

• Work as a team member to implement education programs

• Support the student to have positive social interactions

Provide support to teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder

• Contribute to goal setting for the student as part of the education team

• Support the teaching strategies used by the teacher

• Discuss issues with the teacher and other professionals as required

• Identify, maintain, prepare and use suitable resources for students with ASD

• Take appropriate steps, if required, to maintain personal safety of self and others

contribute to planning and support for students with ASD on at least one occasion

provided support to one or more students with the disorder by:

• selecting and using suitable resources

• implementing educational programs

• supporting positive social interactions

• used professional language and demonstrated the importance of confidentiality in talking with teachers and other professionals.


Knowledge Evidence:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the work role.

These include knowledge of:

  • ASD and its effects on development and learning

  • communication techniques for engaging students with ASD in the education context

  • education facility’s policy related to working with people with a disability

  • other professionals and their work in relation to ASD

  • use of professional language

  • legislation related to anti-discrimination, disability in the education environment, child safety and inclusiveness

  • positive behaviour-support techniques.




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