First grads of Nicolet College’s Autism Spectrum Disorder program receive diplomas
For the Tomahawk Leader
RHINELANDER – The first graduating class of Nicolet College’s new Autism Spectrum Disorder program recently completed their studies and earned diplomas in an “emerging education specialty that is in high demand across the Northwoods,” the college announced this week.
“The need is across the board in many different settings for individuals who have the skill sets to work effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorders,” Nicolet Psychology and Early Childhood Education Instructor Kristi Thoreson said in a release. “Teaching and working with individuals with autism requires an understanding of the behavioral issues that can present challenges. All of the graduates now have the skills and know the strategies to communicate with individuals with autism, to support families, seek out and navigate the transition services available, and to reduce challenging behaviors.”
Nicolet launched the nine-credit, three-class certificate program last year after identifying significant need in the region, the release said. The certificate is offered all-online with in-person lab support available to students as needed.
“The program is open to anyone, especially child care providers, K-12 paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, family members, and caregivers,” Nicolet stated.
For more information on the program, visit www.nicoletcollege.edu and enter “autism spectrum disorder” in the search box top right on the homepage. Individuals can also call the college at 715-365-4493.