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Can most classrooms really say they have a program for their students with autism? We know they definitely have lessons and activities. But, to be implementing a program suggests that an organized set of plans, systems or activities specific to the deficits faced by individuals with autism have been purposeful chosen and implemented to help move students toward a particular long-term goal. And, someone else can follow and repeat the same formula to keep it running. How many can say that?
I certainly like to encourage the use of centers to help in creating a classroom program for students with autism and similar special needs. Centers and rotations (where students rotation from one center to the other in a systematic way) is key. Although for many, this year, it may be through breakout rooms during virtual learning.)
Why a program in a classroom for students with autism? First of all, some schools there is no curriculum. AND…if there is a curriculum, it needs to be modified so much that it feels like there isn't one.
We know that students with autism have unique deficits in social skills, language and communication skills, and interpersonal behavior. Addressing these specific skills deliberately and daily will lead to improvement.
So what might that look like? Smaller time segments will work for most. Even at home or with distance learning this could work. The program can be run in 35-minute or 45-minute blocks (10 minutes-10 minutes-10 minutes or 15 minutes-15 minutes-15 minutes). If needed, a two-minute or five-minute break can be given in between.
What centers would make up the program? Since we know that social skills, language skills and interpersonal behavior skills are the major areas most affected by autism, it may work well to start with those. Or, start with social skills, language skills, and individual objectives/goals from the student’s IEP program. Another suggestion would be to add a second set of 10-minute rotations to focus on structured play skills, fine motor skills, and phonics skills. The rest of the day, could be focused on content in subject areas.
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Hi there. Here is a list of most of the free items from
AutismClassroom.com’s TpT Store that can be used the
first week of school to create meaningful activities.
Use them as they are or use them as a jumping off point
and add your creativity and style to make them fantastic!
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For example, the teaching plan should include the following elements:
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Behavior Skills Packet!
Behavior Support is huge right now. Some schools institute a school-wide intervention for encouraging positive behaviors. All teachers organize a class wide behavior support system to support behavior management in the classroom. But even with that, some students still need more individualized approaches and behavior strategies for autism. Sometimes they need direct instruction related to behavior or may need behavior IEP goals to address behaviors. Autism Classroom has Behavior Skills Printables. We also have I Need a Break Cards, Behavior Plan Packs and Transition supports.
The Behavior Skills Printables for Students with Autism & Similar Special Needs are available now.
They are also available in the Social Skills Bundle, with other resources here.
The Behavior Skills Printables offer easy, printable worksheets about for self-control, transitions, work behaviors in the classroom and guidance for being around others.
These behavior skills printables will work well for any students whose special needs include developmental delays or it may work for younger students in primary grades learning to be more aware of their behavior. Take a look below.
The printables can supplement any curriculum or they can be used daily as a discussion starter for developing appropriate behavior skills. This packet includes behavior skills related worksheets that require variations in response styles for many answers. (Ex. matching, cutting, circling, and pasting.)
Use in order or out of order to address any skill that is needed at the time.
The skills are broken up into 4 sections: Self-Monitoring, Transitions, Work Behaviors and Being Around Others. These pages are included:
In Control or Out of Control?
Self-Monitoring Checklist 1
Self-Monitoring Checklist 2
Staying Seated in Class
Is This Good Behavior?
Behavior Choices (Field of 2)
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Count to Ten
These are Things That Help Me…
These are Things That Calm Me…
How I Feel
What Should She Do?
Organize This Desk
What Order is This?
A Change in the Schedule
Making A Schedule
Cards to Help with Change
Making a Reading Schedule
Make Your Own Reading Schedule
Ways to Ask for the Bathroom
What’s the Deal with Transition?
During Math Tina Does This
Mini Schedule Template
Group Directions vs. Individual Directions
Standing in Line
Who is Lining Up Correctly?
Can you Carry That?
Finish the Pattern (Work First, Then Play)
I am Working For It !
Make Your Own Incentive Chart
Expected Behaviors for Work Time
Alternatives to Hitting
Behaviors for Work Time
Using Headphones to Cancel Noise
Request a Break
Off Task (Visual Cue)
First, Next Schedule
3 Steps to Following Directions
These are Things That I Would Work For…
Avoid Task Avoidance
BEING AROUND OTHERS
Stamp Out Un-Expected Behaviors (Bring in Expected Behaviors)
I Don’t Want to Do This
You Want to get an Item: What Can you Do?
Nodding Yes or No
What is a Tantrum?
Why is He Doing This?
Giving Up a Turn on Technology
Drinking Your Own Drink
What Can I do With My Hands?
It’s Too Loud in Here
Not all of the Time
What Helps Me Calm Down?
Keeping Property Safe
Keeping Property Safe 2
Students can practice ways to answer yes and no appropriately.
Or, think about why someone may engage in a behavior, offering a glimpse into why they might possibly engage in a behavior. There is also a chance for students to think about and express some positive ways they can try to calm themselves.
A full page look at the page related to ways to calm.
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I see the signs all over the lawns. They are there for college graduates, high school graduates, middle school achievers and more. It is a great symbol of appreciation and accomplishment. A way to say we care for you and we miss you. Students with special needs need this too. Certificates can support this effort. These End of the Year Awards help to celebrate the accomplishments that your students have made this year in their social skills, interaction skills, behavior improvements, ability to follow directions and more.
We know it is so important to celebrate students for who they are. Every inch toward progress is counted.
Using colorful paper, each certificate can be personalized with the best color that fits. This resource has 32 pages of certificates. (Some certificates have one with a picture of a boy and one with a picture of a girl.) The list of included certificate titles includes:
Ray of Sunshine
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Living the Life
Daily Living Skills Champ
Reaching Out to Play
Working More Diligently
Never Gives Up
Always Keeps Trying
(And 2 Blank Forms)
Use colorful paper to add some fun! These are some samples with the colorful paper.
On another note, sometimes, you just want to celebrate weekly. Or, at least more often than the end of the year. These Special Education Classroom Certificates do that. They are a simple way to say “I achieved a goal” or “I know I know my ABC’s” or to highlight other steps toward progress.
Sometimes we only have regular copy paper and need to print in black and white. But, on those days when color is an option, they can look like this.
Included are 14 styles of certificates to acknowledge students throughout the year.
-I Mastered a Goal
-I Met a New Objective- Girl
-I Met a New Objective- Boy
-Star Student (4 variations)
-What a Great Day
-I Love to Read
-ABC Queen (2 styles)
-ABC King (2 styles)
-I Had a Great Day
Now that we are not using printing as much and are sending things electronically, these are my new favorite. All of our ink is not needed to send virtual certificates. These Student Certificates in PNG form are all about pops of color!
These certificates are for acknowledging students for having a great day. Now they are provided as png images to allow for the ability to add text over them, if text is wanted. And, I love the fact that I can add a personal message. Then they can be sent as a text or email image. Just remember to save them as an image or pdf so that your font stays the same.
There are a few styles with variations of each for you to choose the style that you like best. There are color certificates and some with a white background. There are large full-page certificates. There are also mini half-page certificates so you can add text.