Kathryn Kleiner


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Teaching students with ASD in a 7-12 classroom is a look at the unique learning experience that students on the Autism Spectrum have in a classroom and gives educators an opportunity to learn how to help these students learn. The purpose of the mini-course is to give educators a better idea of what it is to have a student with Autism in their classroom, to give them options on how to better help these students to learn, to educate them on Individualized Education Programs, and give them practice in writing a lesson plan for an inclusive classroom containing a student with ASD.

Needs Assessment


Many educators are sent into the work force with only a rudimentary understanding of how to help their students with special needs. This can lead to broad assumptions being made in an attempt to aid these students learning and can cause unintended issues.

What is to be Learned

Participants will learn how to better help students on the autism spectrum in their classroom attain and retain information.

The Learners Educators teaching in a 7-12 environment.

Instructional Context

Participants of this course will require an internet connection, computer, the ability to view videos on their computer, and a word processor.

Exploring the Problem and Solution

Participants will learn about Autism and how it can affect different students learning, as well as some different methods for how to aid in the education of these students.


At the end of this course, participants will have a better idea what Autism is, and different methods on how to help these students to learn.

Performance Objectives

Participants will be able to:

-Understand the definition of autism

-Understand how autism can affect a students learning

-Recognize some of the difficulties for students with autism

-Recognize difficulties that teachers may encounter when they have a student with autism in their classroom

-Understand what an IEP is.

-Understand how an IEP is written

-Understand when to revise an IEP

-Revise an IEP

-Analyze methods for teaching students with autism

-Create a plan for teaching students with autism.

Task Analysis


Participants should have prerequisite knowledge in

-Reading comprehension and critical thinking skills

-Writing skills

Unit Objectives

Unit One-What is Autism?

-Understand the definition of autism

-Understand how autism can effect a students learning

-Recognize difficulties that teachers may encounter when they have a student with autism in their classroom

Unit 2-Research-based Accommodations for students with ASD\

-Understanding the difference between popular and scholarly, research based accommodation

-Know about three different researched methods for accommodating students with autism

-Understand where to find scholarly, research-based accommodations

Unit 3-How to help students with Autism

-Apply knowledge of research to a real situation

-Create a plan for teaching students with autism.

Curriculum Map

See task analysis for units and the objectives for each unit

References and Resources

Baird, G., Cass, H. & Slonims, V. (2003). Diagnosis of autism. British Medical Journal, 327(7413), 488-493.

Banda, D. & Kubina, R.M. (2010). Increasing Academic Compliance with Mathematics Tasks Using the High-Preference Strategy with a Student with Autism Preventing School Failure, 54(2), 81-85

Burns, M. S. (2012). New views into the science of educating children with autism. The Phi Delta Kaplan, 94(4), 8-11.

Gastgeb, H. Z., Strauss M. S., & Minshew, N. J. (2006). Do Individuals with Autism Process Categories Differently? The Effect of Typicality and Development. Child Development, 77(6). 1717-1729

Hess, K. L., Morrier, M. J., Heflin, L. J., & Ivey, M. L. (2008). Autism Treatment Survey: Services Received by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Public School Classrooms. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. 38(5), 961-971.

“How Students with Autism Learn” (2009, July 28). Education.com. Autism Society of America.

Koegel, L. K., Singh, A. K., & Koegel, R. L. (2010). Improving motivation for academics in children with autism. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. 40(9), 1057-1066.

Lampen, W. (2012). See the world through her Asperger eyes: Wendy Lampen at TEDxDelft. YouTube. TEDx Talks.

Powell, W., & Kusuma-Powell, O. (2011). How to teach now. ASCD. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/111011/chapters/Knowing-Our-Students-as-Learners.aspx

Rispoli, M., Lang, R., Neely, L., Camargo, S., Hutchins, N., Davenport, K. & Goodwyn, F. (2013). A Comparison of Within- and Across-Activity Choices for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Behavioral Education, 22(1), 66-83

Ryan, J. B., Hughes, E., Katsiyannis, A., McDaniel, M. & Sprinkle, C. (2014). Research-Based Educational Practices for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children. 47(2), 94-102

“Sample Individualized Education Program” (2012, May 21). Sage Publications. Retrieved from http://www.sagepub.com/gargiulo4e/study/resources/plans/88919_siep.pdf.