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ERIC Number: EJ867655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Using Visual Supports for Students with Autism in Physical Education
Fittipaldi-Wert, Jeanine; Mowling, Claire M.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v80 n2 p39-43 Feb 2009
Due to deficits in communication, students with autism experience anxiety and confusion, which cause withdrawal and disruptive behaviors. However, teachers can create a positive educational environment that will facilitate learning by having an understanding of autism and of the characteristics associated with children with autism. One important step is to learn to communicate effectively with students with autism. Individuals with autism have expressed that they process visual information more efficiently that auditory input. This article therefore focuses on visual teaching strategies--such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), activity schedules, task cards, visual warning devices, and boundaries--that support the learning styles of students with autism in an inclusive physical education class. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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