ERIC Number: ED435148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Students with Autism. ERIC Digest E582.
Dunlap, Glen; Fox, Lise
This digest provides an overview of considerations for teaching students with autism. General considerations for providing effective instruction for students with autism include: (1) ensure that the student is in good health, free from pain and irritation, and in a safe, stimulating, and pleasurable setting; (2) provide structure in the environment, with clear guidelines regarding expectations for appropriate and inappropriate behavior; (3) provide tools, such as written or picture schedules, to ensure that the flow of activities is understandable and predictable; (4) base the curriculum on the student's individual characteristics, not on the label of autism; (5) focus on developing skills that will be of use in the student's current and future life in school, home, and community; (6) carefully plan transitions to new placements and new school experiences; and (7) encourage parents and other family members to participate in the process of assessment, curriculum planning, instruction, and monitoring. Strategies for addressing communication issues and motivational issues are discussed, along with appropriate instructional formats and positive behavior support. Age-span considerations are also explored. (CR)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Autism, Behavior Modification, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.