Developing independence in basic routines and life skills is important for any student in order to decrease the need for adult prompting and increase dignity and self-sufficiency. When planning life skills tasks, I look YEARS into my students’ futures to envision where they may be as adults. From there, I decide on tasks they can […]Read More Life Skills Education: Teaching Independence
This year for the first time, I am responsible for teaching Physical Education to my ASD class and it has quickly become a meaningful integration/inclusion opportunity for my students. My colleague ad P.E. guru @andreahaefele and I observed a gap in the knowledge and education of Phys.Ed teachers required to properly teach special needs students. To […]Read More Physical Education: DisABLE the LABEL!
Students with Autism can lack the Social Skills necessary to function successfully in environments with their peers, often resulting in exclusion from groups. Social and play skills must be directly taught, meaning, most students will not simply pick up these skills on the playground like their peers. They need to be taught like any other skill […]Read More My Turn! Social Skills in the ASD Class
The word ‘individual’ is used in abundance in Special Education to describe the nature of the student’s school day. Their programs are individualized, their schedules are individualized, and worktime is often completed one-on-one with an adult to ensure that ‘individualized’ goals are met. “The underlying goal of any Special Education program is to provide students with the skills to […]Read More Morning Meeting: Combining Social & Academic Learning
“What do you do with your students all day?” Structured Work Systems are based on TEACCH values that suggest through evidence that teaching through a visually organized system promotes understanding and clarity for individuals with Autism. The Work Space is… Free(ish) of distractions Each student has a deskspace but are close together for staff to roll […]Read More TEACCHing Structured Work Systems