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Autism Resources

Best Practices
When considering instructional supports for a child with an autism spectrum disorder, carefully consider the communication skills, sensory needs, and social skills of the child. These three areas may overlap depending on the student needs. The links below will help provide some ideas in supporting students on the autism spectrum.
  • Communication
  • Sensory Needs/Behaviors
  • Social Skills
Sensory Needs/Behavior
Know the sensory needs of the child by finding out what stimulates the child, what relaxes the child and what balances the child to function successfully different environments- (sensitive to specific textures/touch, tastes/flavors, lights, noise, smells)

Instructional Strategies

Favorite/motivating item
Bye Bye Box
Use a clear plastic container (so the child can see through it as to always know where the object is). Teach the child to place the object in the container. You can keep the object in view of the child, but now the object is not a disruption from completing the needed task. This will help with melt downs or tantrums. Make sure to give the object back after the child has completed the necessary tasks.
Tape X

Another alternative to the Bye, Bye box, tape an X on a surface near the child, place the motivation object on the X until the required task is complete...then make sure to give the object back.
First - Then Strategy
Use a picture communication strategy to assign a task, first do this - then do that (example: first get dressed, then eat your breakfast; first complete your writing, then you can use the computer).
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