ERIC Number: ED394755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Preparing School Systems To Deliver a Hybrid Education Program for Students with Autism Via Distance Learning Classrooms, In-Class Teleconferencing, and Listserv Technology.
Burke, John C.
The Center for Technology in Education (CTE), a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland state department of education, developed a model for teaching autistic students that integrates technology-based instructional and behavioral supports into existing curriculum. The goal is to promote student gains in communication, social skills, and academics, as well as to increase students' overall involvement in classroom activities. The model recommends teacher training in providing clear instructions, prompts and prompt fading, positive reinforcement, behavior modification techniques, and advanced teaching principles such as targeting student responsiveness and providing students with opportunities for appropriately communicating their needs. The model also advocates the use of light or high technology based on student needs and demands of the learning task. Light and high technology include equipment such as voice output communication devices, picture systems, sequence and cue cards, touch screens, modified keyboards, switch access devices, and sign language. Teachers also need to target behaviors related to motivation, cooperation, and responsiveness; learning strategies and methods that help students learn more efficiently; and skills that help all students function in the inclusive educational setting. Equally important is the development of an individualized continuity plan that promotes longitudinal gains and transitions across teams of staff members within a school or across schools, and the use of school-wide staff training to promote methods of inclusion. Currently, CTE is exploring alternative methods for disseminating technical assistance and teacher training to local education agencies throughout Maryland using distance learning classrooms, in-class teleconferencing, and listserv technology. (LP)
Descriptors: Autism, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Modification, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Program Descriptions, Student Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Johns Hopkins University MD; Maryland
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