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.

Classroom Instruction: Effective Strategies for Whole-Class Instruction

Classroom instruction: Effective strategies for whole-class instruction

This chapter explores a variety of classroom strategies that enhance student engagement and meaningful participation. Students with ASD have enormous potential to learn academic content; however, learning can be challenging when the teacher's instructional style relies heavily on whole-class, teacher-centered instruction.

No specific cognitive profile adequately describes how students with autism learn. However, it is safe to say that most students with and without autism struggle to stay engaged if instructional delivery is not matched to the student's learning style. Research shows that many of the recommended practices for educating students with ASD benefit typically developing students as well. The educational practices included in this chapter will support learning for all students, not ...

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