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Idea #13: Assess early, often, and in a variety of ways

Posted on April 13, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from The Autism Checklist, by Paula Kluth and John Shouse

Using a variety of assessments may be especially crucial when teaching students with autism since difficulties reading, writing, or communicating might prevent a student from adequately completing a traditional assessment (e.g., worksheet, quiz) and may lead a teacher to believe that a student is less knowledgeable or capable than he or she is. For instance, a student who is unable to show that he understands what “5” is by drawing five circles may, in fact, be able to pick five blocks out of a bucket. A student who cannot read aloud may, in fact, be a reader but you might have to interview his mother or previous teacher to find out about how he demonstrates that skill.

The Autism Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers

Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics. The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and helpful resources.


  1. From Katheryn on 13 Apr 2013

    Autism touches all of us in one way or another whether we know it or not. MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE ARE AUTISTIC! The term “high-functioning autism” might be more prevalent in the general population than we might think. This book is NOT just for parents and teachers. It is one resource to scratch the surface to begin to understand who we are and how the brain works for so many of us. Do you have someone you can think of who is eccentric? Gifted, but weird? Talented, but socially awkward? If they become famous, we tend to accept them easier, but maybe we need to accept and love them for who they are even if they are NOT famous. Maybe we should nurture abilities instead of making judgement statements and scorch souls. Maybe we can accept ourselves better as well if we are the autistic. Thank you to all of you who care enough and are brave enough share and to write books like this one! God bless you Dr. Paula Kluth!