Use a total communication approach. If a student uses pictures to communicate, for instance, he or she can also be introduced to gestures and signs.

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Off the Page #4: Using fascinations to teach & challenge

Posted on January 12, 2018 in News

Too often, student interests are seen as a hindrance to learning, when they can actually be very helpful to both students and teachers. In this video, I discuss how to take a student’s passion–be it calendars, vacuum cleaners, superheroes, dolphins, detectives, or Ozzy Osbourne–and turn it into classroom support. This tip is taken directly from “Just Give Him the Whale”: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism” and specifically from Chapter 11: Connect Students to Standards-Based Content.

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