Reaching teens with autism requires knowledge and heart
Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an autism specialist, inclusion coordinator, and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Students with special needs often require extra support as they adjust to middle and high school and the changes that accompany adolescence. Without support, this time can be overwhelming. Teaching Adolescents With Autism offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help teachers:
Understand the causes and manifestations of autism; Solve adolescent behavior challenges; Support students with diverse needs; Implement academic and behavioral interventions; Help students adjust to social situations; Understand special education policy
Each chapter offers numerous personal stories that illustrate and reinforce strategies in a tangible way. Important concepts are augmented with bulleted lists, tables, figures, photographs, and cartoons drawn by a student with autism. This unique book takes the mystery out of teaching adolescents with autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.
Chapter 1: Understanding Autism
Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person.
Our first chapter will focus on understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for one simple reason: Informed support leads to better outcomes. Although topics related to autism are frequently in the news, the disorder is not widely understood. Many people still perceive individuals with autism based on movie depictions like Rain Man, Forrest Gump, Mozart and the Whale, and Adam. Although there is some truth to these depictions, each is really just a portrayal of one individual. To complicate matters, a student with autism may show little ...