If you are concerned that a student does not understand your directions, ask him/her to repeat them back to you or to a peer.

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Idea #26: Tune in

Posted on April 26, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from You’re Welcome by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz

So many individuals on the spectrum respond positively to music in the classroom. In fact, many teachers and parents tell me that they regularly sing instead of speak when providing directions.

This connection to music can also be used to teach new content. Try making up songs to teach new concepts. This idea will be appreciated by all students, but may be especially pleasing for those with autism and Asperger syndrome if you can find tunes that are favorites. Any concept or idea can be set to music.

Don’t believe me? Check out these:

You’re Welcome: 30 Innovative Ideas for the Inclusive Classroom

Three handbooks; 30 key ideas presented in small, smart packages; all the information necessary to start making inclusion work effectively. Whether you’re a general educator, a special educator, an administrator, a therapist, or a family team member, You’re Welcome presents the thinking you’ll need to open your classrooms to all students.

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