This course is for you if you are a parent, teacher, therapist or healthcare professional who wants to gain an initial understanding of autism, how to recognize it, how the diagnosis is made and what medical and educational interventions are available.
For the parent: I am worried about my child? How do I know if he or she has autism and how to help them?
For the teacher and therapist: How do I recognize autism? What do I tell the parents and how do I help this autistic child.
For the health care professional: What are the symptoms of autism? Where do I refer a child for diagnosis? How do I answer parent’s questions and what interventions should I recommend?
In this course, we will take a journey together to talk about autism and allow ourselves to enter the world of our autistic children who may sometimes seem to be far away. The course instructor Dr. Ramzi Nasir has had the privilege to work and collaborate with many children, families, therapists, teachers, doctors and researchers since 2004. He is sharing his experiences with you providing you with the most up-to-date and evidence-based information about autism.
The MOOC team would like to extend the deepest gratitude to the children, parents and staff from the Blue Sky Autism Project in Stirling, Scotland for volunteering their time and effort for video production. A special thanks to Dr. Ruth Glynne-Owen (Director of Blue Sky Autism Project) for pulling it all together and her continued support.
We are also thankful to Dr. E. Amanda Boutot, Ph.D., BCBA-D Associate Professor, Texas State University for valuable advice and course content review.
DISCLAIMER: This course is intended as a general educational activity to increase awareness and understanding about autism. It should not be considered a medical or educational consultation. Those interested in individual advice regarding specific cases should seek individual professional help from appropriately qualified individuals in their respective countries.
Dr. Ramzi was born in Palestine and grew up between Palestine and Jordan. After finishing high school in Amman he moved to the United States where he completed his medical education. He initially specialized as a pediatrician and an internist and subsequently obtained additional 3 years of further specialization in the field of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital - Harvard University affiliated hospital considered one of the top pediatric hospitals in the world. Following the completion of his specialization, Dr. Ramzi worked as a consultant at the same hospital where he was involved in clinical care and medical research including the study of treatments for children with autism.