Teaching Independence: Preparing Your Secondary Students with Autism for Life Beyond School


AutismAccording to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is 78.5%. In the last decade research on teaching students with significant disabilities has identified many effective instructional strategies appropriate for secondary students. As educators, how can we utilize these strategies to better prepare our students for life beyond school?

In this webinar, hosted by edWeb community Teaching Students with Autism, Dr. Joel Arick, lead author of the internationally used STAR (Strategies for Teaching based-on Autism Research) Program and Links Curriculum, discussed evidence-based strategies for teaching secondary students with Autism the critical skills necessary for success in school, community and vocational settings. Attendees learned how to use task analysis, visual supports and behavioral strategies to improve student independence through database decision making. Dr. Arick shared examples of effective tools that assist instructors to conduct assessment, instruction, data collection and progress monitoring.

View the webinar recording to learn more about the following information:

  •     Understanding evidence-based practices for secondary students
  •     Examples of using a task analysis
  •     Examples of using visual supports
  •     Examples of teaching skills to improve performance on difficult steps of routines
  •     Monitoring progress

Earn your CE Certificate for viewing this recording: Join the free Teaching Students with Autism community on edWeb.net and take a quiz to receive a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar.  Past webinars, presentation slides, and CE quizzes are available in the Webinar Archives folder of the Community Toolbox.

Teaching Students with Autism is a professional learning community (PLC) that offers free webinars and online discussions to help educators learn strategies and discover new ideas and resources to support the needs of students with autism, particularly advances in technology that can lead to significant breakthroughs in communication and learning. This is a collaborative community where educators can share information to help support the needs of students with autism.  This program is sponsored by VizZle and STAR Autism Support, and co-hosted by edWeb.net and Monarch Teaching Technologies.

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