Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

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Idea #12: “Show up” for your communication partner

Posted on April 12, 2013 in Autism

If you find it challenging to have a complex conversation with someone who does not speak, look for materials or cues that can help you generate conversation. You might read aloud from books or newspapers, comment on the person’s reaction to events or activities, share photos and video related to the topic at hand, involve the person in a multi-partner conversation so there are many ideas to share and build from, or simply use familiar objects as catalysts for conversation.

Remember that a person who cannot communicate effectively (or at all) cannot…

Idea #11: Set up a soothing space

Posted on April 11, 2013 in Autism

The next six ideas come from The Autism Checklist. This book, co-written by my friend, John Shouse, is a collection of tips and strategies appropriate for use at home and in the classroom.

Make a classroom space more soothing to a child with autism and more visually interesting to any student by adding a…

Idea #10: Writing workshop checklist

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Checklists are a helpful tool for teaching new skills to any student, especially those on the spectrum who may feel especially comforted to know exactly what is required of any activity, assignment or task.

A checklist like this one can also help students…

Idea #9: Load up the libraries

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Recommendations for classroom library sizes range from 600 to 1,500 books. I typically error on the side of higher numbers as this allows educators to not only provide a wide range of genres, but a range of levels and formats too. Imagine the differences in opportunities for learners who consistently have a classroom library of 1,000 books versus those who have a library half that size (or smaller)? A larger library may be even more important for learners who have unique learning profiles.

For students who have narrow interests, who struggle to find compelling materials, and for those who may need to review many titles before getting hooked on one, having…

Idea #8: Highlight your text

Posted on April 08, 2013 in Autism, Inclusion

Want to create the world’s quickest adapted text?

Grab a roll of removable highlighter tape and use it to…

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