Developing social and emotional competencies is a critical and essential skill for students with ASD, but, at the same time, educators need to address their resilience. Learn about the core business in social emotional learning and resilience in the context of ASD and what educators could do to address these elements in the school environment.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) means the processes by which children acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to manage, interact and adapt one’s self in a range of situations. SEL is an essential skill and not everyone “gets it”. For students with ASD SEL does not come naturally, and there is a correlation between poor social skills, behaviour problems, impaired resilience, and academic achievement. 

It is essential to explicitly teach SEL and use ASD-friendly strategies to help them predict the behaviours of others, be part of a group and develop friendships. In the first half of the course, participants will be introduced to the key terms of SEL, Resilience, and ASD. Participants will then complete a short quiz. 

In the second half of the course, participants will be introduced to field tested strategies to address SEL and Resilience for students with ASD and useful resources available on the web.

This online course will allow you to:

  • Understand social emotional learning and resilience in the context of ASD.
  • Recognise the importance of addressing SEL and resilience for students with ASD.
  • Be able to address SEL and resilience using ASD friendly strategies inclusively.

Course approach: Self paced.

Course length: Approximately 90 minutes.


This online course is suitable for professionals working in Catholic, Government, and Independent Primary schools:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Specialist teachers
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Pre-service, Graduates and Relief teachers 

What you need for this online course:

  • Access to a laptop/notebook or desktop device with internet connectivity and headphones.
  • Relevant resources from downloadable links provided.

Meet your Presenter ...

Dr. Anna Bortoli is a Special Education and Autism Consultant. Currently she is a Consultant for a State Specialist School, sessional Lecturer and an independent Consultant. As an independent Consultant she provides professional learning and in-situ training with teachers about strategies and approaches for students and young children with Autism and ADHD. Her work relates to the areas of Structured Teaching, Executive Skills for Learning, Curriculum and IEPs. She delivers tertiary training and Masterclasses in ASD and ADHD. She is TEACCH® Advanced Consultant Level and has received training through Division TEACCH® in North Carolina, enabling her to coach teachers in the implementation of the TEACCH® framework using the Structured Teaching approach. Anna is committed to the professional growth of practitioners in the field of special education.