Home :: School Counselors :: Professional Development :: ASCA U Specialist Trainings :: Students With Special Needs Specialist
Students With Special Needs Specialist



The school setting can be a difficult place for children with special needs, as they often face challenges their peers do not. These challenges include, but are not limited to, additional transitions throughout their schooling, peer victimization, social deficits and limitations, anxiety, aggression, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and underachievement. These students’ school experiences can be positively or negatively influenced by general school policies and the attitudes and behaviors of students and school personnel. School counselors can take the lead in assessing school climate in relation to students with special needs and initiating interventions or advocating for change when appropriate.

Learning objectives:
After completing this course you should be able to:
  • Discuss factors to consider in creating positive school experiences for students with special needs.
  • List intervention strategies for maximizing students with special needs capacity for learning.
  • Identify potential school counselor interventions to address the various transition needs, including transition into postsecondary, of students with special needs.
  • Discuss school counseling interventions that can help increase academic and social success for students with special needs.
The Students with Special Needs Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours.Graduate credit is now available for individuals who complete the Students with Special Needs Specialist Training after February 5, 2018. Click here for more information. 

Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials:  Optional materials and additional resources:
Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities PowerPoint
Down syndrome
Center for Parent Information and Resources

Book: "The School Counselor’s Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students," Richard A. Lougy, Silvia L. DeRuvo, David Rosenthal, M.D.

How to Get Started
  1. Register here to sign up for the Students With Special Needs Specialist training. 
  2. Read/view the above assignments. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.