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Various strategies to help you bring out the best in your students and help you organize and set up your classroom to support students with autism.
Are you a special education or general education teacher looking to set up an effective classroom program for your students with autism?
Are you a parent looking to set up a home space for work or virtual learning for your student?
If the answer is yes, then you have figured out how difficult it is to gather everything together. You know it can be hard to put together all of the elements needed for a classroom of with students that have such unique needs. There are some people that might stop trying.
Here now, we are not them. We know that setting up and organizing with intention will help you to get off to a good start. Once it’s organized, it may help you to know which way to go with your lessons, groupings and implementation of Individual Education Plans.
Some information about having an effective classroom is, when you set up ahead of time:
- It helps the students because there is less downtime during instruction and there is a focused intention in each activity
- It helps the paraprofessionals since they will know exactly what the expectations are to help the classroom to run well
- It helps the administrators because you to be able to clearly explain to others what you are doing and why
- Preparing now, ensures that set up is complete before the paperwork part of Special Education begins…you don’t have to do both at the same time
We would all love for it to be this easy. Of course, it is not. Anyone in Special Education knows that the paperwork can be tremendous. Additionally, the stress of knowing what to do at each moment when behavior challenges are occurring is huge. We know data collection and tracking progress can be a bummer…unless you are into that and some people like me, just are. Schools don’t always give you the materials that you need. The curriculum in this area of teaching is often lacking and teachers need to make up their own curriculum and lessons for much of the school day. Or, if they do have curriculum it has to be modified so much that it feels like they’re making their own.
That is why setting up your classroom specifically to meet the needs of students with autism is so beneficial.
This course does these things...
So, how would you begin to implement an effective classroom set up in your classroom? Well, it is possible and AutismClassroom.com can show you how to do it.
With the course, Teach Students with Autism, we can get you started.
A full multi-step process for setting up a classroom based on the book: How to Set up a Classroom for Students with Autism - Third Edition. This is an intentional, guided process for:
· getting your classroom environment ready
· preparing yourself to manage a classroom
· interact with paraprofessionals and related service providers
· interact with parents
· a beginning step in the process of teaching students with autism
There are presentations, handouts, downloads and an e-book.
There are video presentations. Here are some video snapshots from the course.
So, to organize and manage classroom for students with autism it takes a bit of deliberate practice. Let’s take a look at the curriculum.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Autism
Learn about the characteristics in some individuals with autism.
Look at the video describing the characteristics.
Explore the diagnostic criteria for autism.
Lesson 2- Getting Started (First Things First, The Need for Assessments)
Look at the items needed to organize a classroom.
Learn the different types of assessments that may help to understand your students better.
Explore an FBA support checklist and fine motor skills questions to ask for younger students.
Lesson 3- Use Various Schedules Throughout the Day
Learn about several types of schedules needed in an autism classroom.
Look at the video presentation related to schedules.
Explore things to consider when developing a schedule.
Lesson 4- Create An Effective Classroom Environment
Learn about setting up independent work areas, small group areas, one to one work areas, sensory areas, structured play areas, and whole group areas.
Look at the video designed for you, the classroom designer.
Explore ideas to help the classroom run more effectively.
Lesson 5- Create An Effective Classroom Environment
Learn more detailed information about each area of the classroom as it related to setting up that area.
Look at the strategies and techniques to put the ideas into practice.
Explore the re-cap video that explains implementation tips for each area.
Lesson 6- Maintain a Data System for Tracking Learning Objectives
Learn some ideas for starting the process of creating a data collection system.
Look at the video training on data collection.
Explore some links to information about prompting procedures.
Lesson 7- Teaching Methods Part 1
Learn about reinforcement and other methods related to working with children with special needs.
Look at part 1 of the 2-part video series on teaching methods.
Explore ideas for teaching basic skills.
Lesson 8- Teaching Methods Part 2
Learn about shaping, chaining and other methods related to working with children with special needs.
Look at part 2 of the 2-part video series on teaching methods.
Explore more ideas for teaching basic skills.
Lesson 9- Communication Supports, Language Based Lessons and Visual Supports
Learn beginning steps to building communication within each lesson.
Look at ways to encourage student communication.
Explore ways to build language connections with the students and make lessons more interesting.
Lesson 10- Behavior Support Plans
Learn preventative measures to help support positive behaviors.
Look at the video to learn about ways to prevent behaviors.
Explore ideas for creating routines and helping transitions run smoother.
Lesson 11- Develop a Plan for Collaborating with Others
Learn important tips for classroom teaming.
Look at the chart on ways to respect, empower and motivate each team member.
Explore ideas for keeping everyone on the same page.
Lesson 12- Address Ongoing Sensory Issues
Learn about the role of the Occupational Therapist.
Explore why it is good to know about possible sensory differences.
Download Sensory Printables for Young Children
Lesson 13- Encourage Hands-on Learning & Activity-Based Instruction
Learn what process versus product means.
Look at some worksheets that can result in hands-on lessons.
Explore how to create an instructional breakdown for a lesson.
Copy of the E-book How to Set Up a Classroom for Students with Autism
Explore the book that started it all. Checklists, discussion questions, labels for bins and more!
This course, Teach Students with Autism is filled with useful information.
What’s in the course?
· video tutorials
Course: Teach Students with Autism
The course details: