State Fair Community College is offering two courses for anyone interested in learning more about autism and how to support children with it.

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Press Release from State Fair Community College

State Fair Community College will offer two courses spring semester for anyone interested in learning more about autism and how to support children with autism. The classes are designed for parents and family members of autistic children as well as teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, and others interested.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Communication and Social Competence will meet from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 18 through May 17.

ASD will examine the neurological and behavioral characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder. The course will include an overview of characteristics and learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies/issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with ASD.

Special emphasis will be given to selecting evidence-based practices and enhancing collaboration among individuals with ASD, their families and supporting professionals. Instructor will be Reneé Pripusich.

Communication and Social Competence will include an overview of language development and communication strategies, issues, pragmatics, communication systems, augmentative and alternative communication systems, social deficits in autism, and approaches for teaching social skills. It will include an emphasis on the development of appropriate communication skills. Instructor will be Heather Oelrichs.

Both three-credit-hour courses are accepted as electives for several SFCC degrees.

Walk-in enrollment is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Services Office in the Hopkins Center. Hours will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24. For a complete listing of SFCC courses or for more information, please call the Admissions Office at (660) 530-5833 or visit