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Curriculum in a Box

Resources for
Teacher Training &
Professional Development

 

Curriculum in a Box Overview

The Curriculum in a Box includes the following resources to help support teacher training and professional development:

      

 Format Type  Title
Supplementary Training Manual
  Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers
Guidebook
  Life Journey Through Autism:  An Educator's Guide to Autism
Guidebook
  Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator's Guide to Asperger
  Syndrome
Fact Sheet
  Autism in the Schoolhouse: Educator Fact Sheet (PDF)


Detailed information about the contents of the Curriculum in a Box are provided below. To navigate directly to a specific tool, use the links above.
     
Click here for ordering instructions.
   
  

 
      
DVD OVERVIEW
Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum
       
   


The Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum DVD is a comprehensive professional development tool designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies needed to support their students with autism in the general education classroom. The DVD includes two 75-minute training presentations, to be used together or separately, with video clips, participant handouts, activity worksheets, and facilitator notes. It also includes all four modules of the Understanding Autism DVD: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers, along with electronic copies of two OAR resource guides, in English and Spanish.
    
     


DVD Part 1:
Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum DVD
   

Developed in collaboration with the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA), the Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum is built around two 75-minute presentations that school staff can adapt to meet any schedule constraints: (1) Characteristics and Practices for Challenging Behavior, and (2) Strategies for Classroom Success and Effective Use of Teacher Supports. 

This ready-made, flexible resource supports all types of professional development - large group (e.g. staff meetings or in-services), small teams (e.g. professional learning communities and department meetings), self-study, and/or one-on-one coaching.  Any school or district staff members who are familiar with autism can implement the curriculum.  Each presentation includes video clips and comes with slide-by-slide notes for facilitators, handouts, and activity worksheets to help participants apply learned concepts to their own classrooms.

Click here to access the full curriculum online.  To request a disc copy for your school or district, please contact Kimberly Ha, Programs and Outreach Associate, at (703)243-9762 or programs@researchautism.org
 
   

  
DVD Part 2:
Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers DVD
   


The Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers DVD, a key component of the “Autism in the Schoolhouse” initiative, is designed to provide general education teachers with strategies for supporting their middle and high school students with autism. 
It was produced by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) in collaboration with Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, and made possible by grants from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

    
Segment One: Characteristics (18:34)

At the end of this segment, viewers will be able to:

(1) Describe how autism impacts learners

(2) Indicate how the characteristics of autism impacts individuals in a school setting

(3) Understand that autism manifests itself differently in individual learners



Segment Two: Integrating Supports in the Classroom (15:28)

At the end of this segment, viewers will be able to:

(1) Match interventions to learner strengths, skills, and interests

(2) Describe how priming can be used in a classroom setting

(3) Discuss the types of academic supports that a learner might need to be successful in a general education setting

(4) Create a home base for a student with autism

(5) Provide examples of visual supports to enhance the skills acquisition of learners with autism

(6) Integrate reinforcement into the daily schedule of the student with autism



Segment Three: Practices for Challenging Behavior (17:47)

At the end of this segment, viewers will be able to:

(1) Understand that meltdown behavior is not purposeful for the learner on the spectrum

(2) Describe the stages of a meltdown

(3) Discuss interventions that can be used at each of the stages of a meltdown



Segment Four: Effective Use of Teacher Supports
(12:00)

At the end of this segment, viewers will be able to:

(1) Describe how to use information from the IEP to develop an implementation plan for the learner with autism in the general education classroom

(2) Identify the multiple ways that general and special educators can work together to support a learner with autism in the general education classroom

(3) Discuss guidelines for supporting a paraprofessional in working with the learner with autism in the general education classroom

  
  
  


   
PAPER MATERIALS
Included in Curriculum in a Box
  
   

 
  


Manual 1:
Supplementary Training Manual
   

OAR also collaborated with researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute to produce a manual for teachers to use in coordination with the DVD and refer back to throughout the school year.  This practical, hands-on resource is available for free download at the FPG Web site.


    


Guidebook 1:
Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator's Guide to Autism
   


An Educator’s Guide to Autism, the second book in the Life Journey through Autism series of resource guides published by the Organization for Autism Research provides parents, teachers and education professionals with a plan for teaching a child with autism in the general elementary classroom setting.

The heart of An Educator’s Guide to Autism is a six-step approach for a teacher preparing to teach a child with autism in his or her classroom.

The steps include the following:
(1) educate yourself
(2) reach out to parents
(3) prepare the classroom
(4) educate peers and set social goals
(5) collaborate on implementation of an educational program, and
(6) manage behavioral challenges.

The discussion of each step includes practical tips on what a teacher should look for and how to navigate the challenges that may arise. Following these steps offers the teacher the potential to create the most favorable educational environment for all learners in the classroom, including the student with autism.

This resource is available for viewing and downloading in PDF format here.
   
   


Guidebook 2:
Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator's Guide to Asperger Syndrome
   

An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome is the third book in the Life Journey Through Autism resource guide series.  Asperger Syndrome is a complex disorder that presents numerous challenges within the inclusive classroom setting.   This book provides guidelines for meeting the needs of the student with Asperger Syndrome in your class, from elementary to high school.  Specifically, the guidebook contains information on:

  • Understanding the common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome and how they affect each child on a case by case basis
  • Promoting positive social goals and educating peers to avoid bullying
  • Cooperating with the parents and student’s IEP team
  • Implementing strategies to better facilitate learning in the student with Asperger Syndrome.

 
This guidebook is available for viewing and downloading in PDF format here.
   
  
  


Fact Sheet :
Autism in the Schoolhouse: Educator Fact Sheet
   

The Educator Fact Sheet is designed to provide teachers with an easy go-to guide for including their students with autism. It lists ways that autism can make learning difficult, simple accomodations and modifications that can make the classroom more autism-friendly, and interventions that  have worked in other classrooms and are supported but research. No one child with autism is the same, so differentiation still remains important. Still, these evidence-based methods can help beginning general education teachers support their students with autism in the classroom.
The Educator Fact Sheet answers the following questions:

  • What is autism?
  • How can autism make learning difficult?
  • What changes can I make?
  • Whom should I talk to?
  • What does inclusion look like?
  • Which programs and strategies work?
  • Where can I learn more?

 
This fact sheet is available for viewing and downloading in PDF format here.
   
Related resources are listed here.   


How to Order
   
The resources provided in the Curriculum in a Box are available as separate resources. To provide feedback or use this resource in your school district, please email programs@researchautism.org or call Kimberly Ha, Programs and Outreach Associate, at (703) 243-9762 with the subject line, "Curriculum in a Box".