ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Online Professional Development Course, SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Oct 19, 2010, 11:07 ET from ChildCare Education Institute

DULUTH, Ga., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces the addition of SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders to its catalog of online professional development courses.

Roughly 1 out of 110 children in the United States are diagnosed with one of several conditions labeled as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specific ASD conditions include autism, Asperger's syndrome, Rett's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder. In nearly all cases, symptoms—which range from mild to severe across all developmental domains—appear in early childhood, before the age of three.  Therefore, it is imperative that child care professionals learn the basic facts about ASD, as well as common practices for meeting individual children's developmental needs and helping them adapt to the classroom setting.

"This new course is another example of CCEI offering relevant and current courses to our students. The more educators know about the children in their care, the better equipped they are to address their developmental needs," said Maria Taylor, President and CEO.

About ChildCare Education Institute, LLC.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution, is dedicated to providing the child care industry with professional development programs and courses to meet their education requirements.  Over 100 professional development courses are available to meet annual training and licensing requirements, as well as advanced education options including the Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Programs of Study, Director's Certificate Program of Study and others.  CCEI is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  CCEI is authorized under the "Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990." License Number 837.

For more information, visit or contact ChildCare Education Institute at 800.499.9907.

SOURCE ChildCare Education Institute