Creating an Effective Learning Environment for Asperger’s and HFA Students: Tips for Special Education Teachers Many special education teachers are encountering students with Asperger’s (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) for the first time – and have expressed some anxiety about this. So in this post, we will discuss a few ideas and techniques that will help facilitate an effective learning environment for these “special needs” students. The first step would be to get acquainted with some of the associated traits. AS or HFA students may exhibit many of the characteristics listed below. These are usually not isolated ones; rather, they appear in varying degrees and amounts in most children on the autism spectrum: Special education teachers use varied strategies to help promote learning. The terms accommodations and modifications do not mean the same thing. An accommodation is “a change that helps the child overcome - or work around - the deficit.” A modification means “a change in what is being taught to - or expected from - the child.” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page What are Pervasive Developmental Disorders? The diagnostic category of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) refers to a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age. Is there any treatment? There is no known cure for PDD. What is the prognosis? Early intervention including appropriate and specialized educational programs and support services plays a critical role in improving the outcome of individuals with PDD. What research is being done? The NINDS conducts and supports research on developmental disabilities, including PDD. Prepared by: Office of Communications and Public Liaison National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD 20892 All NINDS-prepared information is in the public domain and may be freely copied.
Teaching Autism Students in Inclusive Classrooms Teaching Autism Students in Inclusive Classrooms Are we teaching autism students effectively in inclusive classrooms so that they are able to benefit from their educational programs? The information, research and articles below offer teachers practical tips and strategies on how to teach students with autism in inclusive classrooms. Parents may find the information useful as well. Please consider sharing it with your child's teacher. Intervention Strategies for Teaching Students with ASD in Inclusive Classrooms Although there is a range of intervention strategies designed for students with ASD and used in many educational settings, there is no one intervention or approach proven effective for every child with ASD (National Research Council 2000). Strategies to Promote Successful Inclusion Experiences The following suggestions may help teachers provide better learning experiences in an inclusive classroom: Use consistent classroom routines.
Articles Inclusion! The Bigger Picture by Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint Our key question as we initiate a new millennium is "How do we live with one another?" Inclusion means inclusion! Inclusion means Welcome "I want to be included!" Why does this humble proposal evoke such strong reaction? We believe that the Inclusion issue cuts directly to the core of our values and beliefs. Inclusion is NOT about placing a child with a disability in a classroom or a school. How else can we explain the emotions unleashed by the presence of a tiny child in a wheelchair or the presence of a teenager with down syndrome in a local school in Canada, the United States or Britain. However, in danger there is also opportunity for growth. Inclusion does not mean we are all the same. A child or adult with a disability is a symbolic personal crucible where we face our feelings about differences head on. Inclusion instigates this kind of reflection. The Three Monsters... The Need to Belong Our world is rife with conflict.
THINK first Alliance for Inclusive Education | Welcome to AutismFitness.com! PSKids, LLC Leading Provider of Quality Speech, Occupational and Physical Pediatric Therapy Disabled rights pioneer Lord Morris of Manchester dies 14 August 2012Last updated at 08:44 ET A look back at the life of Lord Morris Disability rights pioneer and Labour peer Lord Morris of Manchester has died at the age of 84. As Alf Morris, he was MP for Manchester Wythenshawe from 1964 to 1997 and became the UK's first minister for the disabled in 1974. His work led to the first disability rights legislation, 1970's Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was deeply saddened and described the peer as "a Labour man through and through." Lord Morris's act, which sought to give people with disabilities equal opportunities in society, faced opposition from within his own party and was almost scuppered when the 1970 general election was called by Prime Minister Harold Wilson. However, it survived in the short "wash-up" period before the election and became law, the first of its kind in the world. It set down specific provisions to improve access and support for people with disabilities. 'Transformed lives'