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ERIC Number: EJ1108461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Autism Spectrum Disorder Today: Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Content
Boroson, Barbara
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v26 p53-59 Spr 2016
We hold this truth to be self-evident: Students on the autism spectrum need support with life literacy before they can reach for content literacy. This article provides educators with an understanding of the interplay between life and content literacy in the classroom, as well as strategies to maximize success for these diverse learners. Students on the spectrum arrive in the classroom with pervasive challenges related to emotional and sensory regulation, socialization, and engagement. These "life literacies" are crucial building blocks for basic functioning and are necessary benchmarks on the path toward curricular learning. Only once we have alleviated anxiety, regulated regulation, soothed the senses, supported socialization, and enhanced engagement can we explore new avenues for pursuing content assimilation and, ultimately, our collective goal of literacy and independence for all.
New York State Reading Association. PO Box 874, Albany, NY 12201. Tel: 518-434-4748; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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