Teaching students with ASD in 7-12 classrooms

Designed by Kathryn Kleiner


Welcome to Teaching students with ASD in a 7-12 classroom

Teaching students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a 7-12 classroom is geared toward educators in 7-12 inclusive classrooms and 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 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
-how to find appropriate researched accommodations for students with autism
-and give them practice in writing a lesson plan for an inclusive classroom containing a student with ASD.

To complete this course all you will need is an internet connection, computer, the ability to view videos on their computer, and a word processor or a notebook if you would prefer!

The number of students with autism has been increasing over the past few years. This is for a number of reasons, including the fact that our knowledge concerning the disorder has increased and our ability to correctly diagnosis it has thus also increased. Because of this, the chances that you will have an individual who falls on the autism spectrum in class has also increased. General educators are often under-informed about the different types of disorders, diseases, and diagnoses of their students. With the number of students with autism increasing, it is more important than ever that educators have the basic information they need to feel comfortable teaching those individuals, and doing so in an appropriate manner.

Unit One-What is Autism?

In this unit you will read a brief definition and description of what autism is. You will then read about how autism effects a student's learning and watch a 10 minute video of a first person perspective on living with autism. Lastly, you will reflect on what you have learned and think about how this may affect a classroom setting

The objectives for this unit are to:

-Understand the definition of autism

-Understand how autism can affect 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

The objectives for this unit are to:

In unit 2 you will learn about the difference between scholarly, research-based accommodations and popular "fad" strategies. You will briefly learn about three difference techniques which have been researched and proven effective and you will understand where to find proper accommodations for your students.

The objectives for this unit are to:

-Understanding the difference between popular and scholarly, research based accommodations.

-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

In unit 3 you will learn about Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and their important role in the education of individuals with disabilities. You will view a sample IEP and use this to help in the creation of an inclusive lesson plan. You will also learn about the importance of getting to know your students on a personal level and how that can be used to help a student learn. As a conclusion to this course you will create an inclusive lesson plan an reflect on the importance of planning and using resources.

The objective for this unit are to:

-Apply knowledge of research to a real situation through the creation of a plan for teaching students with autism.