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ERIC Number: ED476210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Adults with Asperger Syndrome: How They Have Helped My Teaching.
Hurlbutt, Karen
A qualitative study of three adults with Asperger Syndrome consisted of interviews conducted in person, over the phone, and via e-mail for 9 months. A main theme of the study was that they wanted to be considered experts in the field of autism and be consulted on issues related to autism. Consequently, these adults were asked to be part of a course at the University of North Dakota that provides parents, teachers, and caregivers of individuals with Asperger Syndrome with knowledge and experience of diagnosis and characteristics, assessments, functional analysis, methods, and support for families. This online course has a Web site that includes audio power-point lectures and other materials that are downloaded for each week's chat session. The adults did two interviews for the class. One was about their experiences growing up, their families, and their school experiences. The other was about their experiences transitioning into the adult world and what it was like being an adult with autism. After the interviews, students e-mailed questions to the adults, who replied promptly, sharing advice and personal thoughts on the subjects. The students found the input of the three adults extremely valuable and have asked them to fly to North Dakota for speaking honorariums. There are also plans to have these adults "log on" as co-teachers during chat sessions and participate during live discussion. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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