Just 20 years ago, we didn’t see students with autism in our classrooms. But today, we teach children with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome right alongside their neurotypical peers. Reaching and teaching these students requires a delicate balancing act: understanding how their brains are wired, helping them turn challenges into opportunities, and learning to enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.
If you’ve ever had a student who blurted out in class, screamed when someone patted his or her shoulder, or rocked back and forth in the chair, you’ll appreciate the lessons ahead. We’ll discover the neurobiology behind these disorders and the way it affects students’ behavior, learning, and thinking. Most important, you’ll learn creative, easy, low-budget strategies to help these kids succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Develop the skills to counter these students’ social awkwardness, sensory sensitivities, meltdowns, problems with homework completion, language reciprocity issues, and violent fixations. Even if you don’t have a student with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in your class this year, these strategies will equip you to deal with any student who exhibits these characteristics on a regular basis.
Instructor: Ellen Arnold