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.

Understanding Support: Successful Strategies for Supporting Diverse Learning Needs

Understanding support: Successful strategies for supporting diverse learning needs

Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.

Edward de Bono

Learning can be a complex process in which the student's learning style, experiences, values, and levels of interest affect the learning process. Each student responds to and interprets new information uniquely. Despite these complexities, a great teacher has the ability to spark student interest and the desire to learn. Great teachers make learning contagious. They create the desire in students to be lifelong learners, to ask questions, and to be curious. In order to do this, barriers to learning must be removed.

For many teachers, the thought of having a student with a disability in their class seems a completely unrealistic concept. Yet ...

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