Students with autism have special needs in language based learning that includes a focus on increasingly more complex ‘symbolic’ or abstract learning and integration of how words are ‘social’ tools and characters have social motivations and goals.
Every student, and every teacher for that matter, is a unique individual with characteristics, beliefs, abilities, needs, and preferences. Variation, rather than standardization, is the reality in our classrooms, our lives, and for our students.
Students with autism can achieve great success in environments that help them succeed. How does that work? Settings that are “autism communication friendly” provide a variety of little things that result in big positive changes in student participation.
April brings us a month of celebrating our families and friends with Autism. It is AWARENESS about Autism, that each person with a diagnosis is a unique individual who is a brother, sister, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, neighbor, student, or friend.
Implementation doesn’t come with a download. Whether your student is using a free AAC app, a simple app, a complex app, or an app that costs hundreds of dollars, student and partner strategies probably aren’t as easy as the click was to install the app. Well there is no need to get discouraged and think that you have to download another app to get to AAC utopia!
The Developmental Writing Scale (DWS), which ranges from emergent writing (scribbling) to cohesive and coherent paragraph level writing, serves as the anchor measure and was developed to be sensitive to small changes in writing quality in beginning writers.
This months Teaching Students with Autism webinar on edWeb.net explored simple solutions to solve social and behavior problems. Presenter Linda Hodgdon discussed visual strategies that are used effectively with students of all ages in both special and regular education settings.
The overall benefits of cloud based data and mobile management as well as touch and other usability features of these technologies are relevant for teaching reading and literacy as well as writing tools.
In this month’s teaching students with Autism webinar on edWeb.net, presenter Lauren Stafford discussed visuals and their use in fundamental concepts for students who are visual learners.
In this months Teaching Students with Autism webinar on edWeb.net presenter Anthony Gerke discussed iPads and autism. He explored ways to meet the individual needs of your students when using an iPad and focused on features like guided access to lock students into a set program.