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 3: Promoting Positive Behavior
Promoting Positive Behavior
Punishment and reward proceed from basically the same psychological model, one that conceives of motivation as nothing more than the manipulation of behavior.
In this chapter, we will explore factors that contribute to understanding students with ASD and why knowing the person behind the label is the key to supporting his or her needs. We will learn how behavior challenges can be reduced when we consider the person's needs through the lens of his or her life experience. Behavior support is not about blaming the student and forcing compliance through threats and promises of reward. Instead, we will examine behavior from a person-centered perspective while challenging the notion that all behavior is functional—used by the student to either gain something ...