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Understanding Autism

Resources for Teachers:

DVD, Manual, and 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. It is a central component of the Curriculum in a Box.
  
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.
 
  

  
Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers
DVD
   

The Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers DVD 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


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.



Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum

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


For More Information

To provide feedback or inquire about using these resources in your school district, please send an e-mail to programs@researchautism.org or call Kimberly Ha, Programs and Outreach Associate, at (703)243-9762.

 

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Segment One: Characteristics

Segment Two: Integrating Supports in the Classroom

Segment Three: Practices for Challenging Behavior

Segment Four: Effective Use of Teacher Supports

Supplementary Training Manual

Professional Development Curriculum

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