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I’ve talked about a lot of different topics on this podcast. Yet, surprisingly I’ve never dedicated an entire episode to supporting autistic students in your classroom. Although I’ve briefly mentioned ways that autistic students can be supported with strategies from other episodes, having a complete episode with more information is helpful to so many teachers.
If you were anything like me, I never received training on specific ways to support students with autism, so I didn’t feel like I was making them as successful as I knew I could. Because of that, I want to make sure that you feel supported and have all the information you need to support students with autism in your classroom. By understanding the general idea behind autism, you will be able to identify challenges they face and then make subtle changes that make them feel successful and supported.
While this is not an episode that discusses diagnoses, I do identify warning signs where you can further investigate or start a conversation with those that do so. Even without an official diagnosis, or even if you have students with IEPs in your classroom, I provide you four different categories of ways for supporting students with autism. Within those four categories of classroom, communication, positive behavior, and social skills, I also highlight examples and simple changes for you to implement.
When it comes to supporting students with autism in your classroom, early intervention and personalized learning is so important in making them feel successful in your class. And just like each child is unique, so is a student’s autism disorder. By being more informative and knowing strategies and ways to support them, you are also finding approaches that make them successful in school.
When you join The Classroom Management Club, you will receive a PDF of 25 easy to implement strategies that will help in supporting autistic students. So if you have students who have been diagnosed with autism in your classroom, or students you think might be on the spectrum, you'll have an entire toolkit of ways that you can quickly and easily implement the IEPs for these students to save you time and stress. Along with resources, the club also provides support and a community that we’d love for you to be a part of.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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