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ERIC Number: EJ842568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Activity Schedules: Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in General Education Classrooms Manage Transition Issues
Banda, Devender R.; Grimmett, Eric; Hart, Stephanie L.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v41 n4 p16-21 Mar-Apr 2009
"Activity schedules" are a promising educational strategy to support transitions for students with autism. An activity schedule is a visual support system that combines photographs, images, or drawings in a sequential format to represent a targeted sequence of the student's day. Activity schedules provide predictability throughout the student's day and allow a student to anticipate changes in the daily routine. Providing the student with increased time to process upcoming changes enhances the opportunity for increased participation in existing routines and transitions. Best of all, activity schedules are easy to construct and can be applied to existing routines in general education classrooms with minimal effort. Although activity schedules are frequently used by special education teachers, general education teachers can also develop and use activity schedules with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in inclusive settings. In this article, the authors describe steps to build activity schedules for use in general education classrooms and provide examples and resources for general education teachers. By following these steps and consulting with special education professionals, general education teachers will have the skills to use activity schedules to decrease transition issues in their classrooms. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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