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Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Chapter Summary
Whether you're developing or seeking to enhance your curriculum for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, this chapter can help! Lessons examine specifics related to the disorders, including ways to accommodate autistic students in the classroom and how to create an Individualized Education Program for children. Among topics covered in this chapter are:
- Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Similarities and differences between autism and Asperger's syndrome
- Spectrum, symptoms and treatment of autism
- Autistic student sample IEP goals
- Ways to accommodate and make modifications for students with autism
- Types of assistive technology for students with autism
- How to use group activities to develop relationships with kids with autism
- Ways to teach social cues to autistic students
- Perceived correlation between autism and aggressive behavior
This chapter is accessible anytime, day or night, and can be reviewed from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Use the teacher resources to plan your lessons, and access them in the classroom to refresh your knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders while working with students.
How It Helps
- Provides foundational information: Lessons provide the basics of autism to ensure you have a well-rounded understanding of this and related disorders.
- Enhances class time: Activities available in this chapter along with accommodation and modification ideas ensure you're able to create an engaging environment that promotes learning.
- Targets students' needs: This chapter ensures you have the tools, strategies and methods needed to address the special needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
At the end of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Describe the characteristics of autism
- Differentiate between Asperger's syndrome and autism
- Discuss Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
- Share the meaning, symptoms and treatment of Asperger's syndrome in children
- Write annual Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals for students with autism
- Make classroom accommodations and modifications for students with autism
- Identify and utilize assistive technology for students with autism
- Incorporate group activities for students with autism into your curriculum
- Teach social skills to autistic children
- Explain how autistic children are sometimes stigmatized by perceptions of aggressive behavior
1. Is Autism a Learning Disability?
This lesson will define autism spectrum disorder. It will also provide you with the characteristics associated with the disorder. Finally, this lesson will answer the question: ~'Is autism a learning disability?~'
2. Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome
If you have never met a person with Asperger syndrome, you might wonder how they differ from you. In this lesson, we'll explore the behaviors common to people with Asperger and other autism spectrum disorders.
3. What Is Autism? - Spectrum, Symptoms & Treatment
Studying Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) can help you understand how this disorder can be manifested on a spectrum. Explore Autism Spectrum Disorders in this lesson and test your understanding with a quiz.
4. What Is Asperger's Syndrome in Children? - Symptoms, Definition & Treatment
Learn about the common symptoms exhibited by individuals diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's syndrome. Test your new knowledge with a quiz.
5. Sample IEP Goals for Students with Autism
In this lesson, you'll learn how to write annual individualized education program (IEP) goals for students with autism. You'll also find an IEP goal-writing checklist to assist in writing specific goals.
6. Accommodations for Students with Autism
There are many ways to accommodate individuals with autism in the classroom. This lesson will provide ideas and strategies to better prepare the teacher. Learning how to accommodate these students will make teaching easier and set the student up for success.
7. Classroom Modifications for Autism
As teachers, we want our students to succeed. We'd try anything, even if it meant turning the classroom upside down. Fortunately, there are much simpler modifications we can implement to help students with autism succeed in our classroom.
8. Assistive Technology for Students with Autism
Today, there are many resources available to help students with autism, particularly in the classroom. Learn about cutting-edge assistive technologies that will enhance learning for students with autism.
9. Group Activities for Kids with Autism
Group activities can help forge relationships among autistic children, allowing them to develop social skills more readily. Engaging a child with autism can be challenging, but in this lesson we will learn some strategies for making it easier.
10. Teaching Social Cues to Students with Autism
Children with autism have an especially hard time interacting with their peers because of their inability to communicate appropriately. This lesson explores some tactics that can be helpful in teaching social cues to students with autism in a traditional classroom.
11. Autism & Aggressive Behavior
Autism is a relatively common developmental condition. However, autistic individuals may often be misunderstood or stigmatized. This lesson discusses autism and its perceived connection to aggressive behavior.
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Other chapters within the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education course
- Basics of Early Childhood Special Education
- Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Young Children
- Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
- Planning Instruction for Early Childhood Special Education
- Early Childhood Special Education Learning Environments
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Teaching Young Children with Language Delays & Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Sensory Disorders
- Supporting Literacy for Young Children with Special Needs
- The Early Childhood Special Education Professional