New class on autism being offered at MPCC

Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 1:45 PM CDT
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A new, never been offered class is coming to Mid-Plains Community College and enrollment is closing soon.

The Business and Community Education department will offer an Introduction to Autism class beginning Monday. The course will continue every Monday evening, through July 27.

The college says the course is designed for families, daycare providers and educators seeking more information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

"This is the first time we’ve offered anything in the autism realm and we know that it affects a lot of people in our community, but we have an instructor who is an adjunct with a college who is certified psychologist who deals almost daily with autism especially in younger children and so she came to us wanting to do a specific class called Autism Spectrum Disorder and that’s really what this particular series of classes will focus on," said Gail Knott, MPCC's Associate Area Dean of Outreach.

The fee is $90, which covers the cost of course materials including, “The Autistic Brain” book by Temple Grandin, and the book, “101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders,” by Tara Delaney.

"We know it affects daycare providers, it affects educators, it affects mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and so I think this class is going to cover a lot of the very basics everything from potty training to how do you support them visually what are some of the behavioral strategies how do you communicate so all of those are pretty basic but when you’re dealing with someone who’s autistic you have to do all of those things differently," said Knott.

Registration can be done online at or by calling.

The course will be taught via distance learning at all MPCC campus locations by nationally certified school psychologist Tonya Townsend. It can also be offered through alternate delivery methods if requested.

The class will be a non-credit, educational class. The deadline for registration is noon on Monday.