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ERIC Number: EJ899598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1544-0389
Creating a Positive Elementary Environment for Asperger Children
Batesko, Mary Lee
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v4 n10 p63-66 Oct 2007
Asperger's Syndrome is a neurological based disorder that primarily affects a person's ability to be successful with social relationships. Asperger's Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (2000) as, "The essential features of Asperger's Disorder are severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and development of restricted repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. This disturbance must cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. In contrast to Autistic Disorder, there are no clinically significant delays or deviance in language acquisition (e.g., single non-echoed words are communicatively by age 2 years, and spontaneous communicative phrases are used by age 3 years), although more subtle aspects of social communication (e.g., typical give-and-take in conversation may be affected." (p. 80). Since social interaction presents a challenge to Asperger children, the teacher needs to create a positive classroom environment utilizing a social behavioral curriculum. A positive classroom environment gives the Asperger student a sense of well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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