Teaching Children with Autism There has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism or other autism spectrum disorders. It is likely as an educator that you will have at least one child with this diagnosis in your classroom. This paper explores some of the methods used to teach autistic children. Autism is a disorder characterized by significant problems in communication and social functioning. Autism is actually called Autism Spectrum Disorder and encompasses a broad range disabilities such as Asperger syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, and Pervavasive Development Disorder (Dunlap & Fox, n.d.).
As a high school student, I worked with a thirteen-year-old boy named Ricky as a sign language tutor. Ricky had autism and did not acquire speech other than the word “ma”. A high population of children with autism does not acquire speech, and intervention is needed. Other methods of intervention exist, but teaching signs is one of the most useful ways of giving nonverbal children the power of communication. Although researchers often seek to solve problems, I approach this topic from the perspective of a teacher.
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Research Questions 1: Why do many parents fail to express their opinions during the Individualized Education Program process? 2: What is the potential for increased involvement if parents undergo training that educates them about the various aspects of the Individual Education Program process? 3: What is the potential effect of active parent participation in the Individual Education ... ... middle of paper ... ...rceptions of Special Education Services. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18(4), 229-236. Stoner, J.
(Cooper, 1987) In short, ABA is the use of techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. ("Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)") People who can benefit from applied behavior analysis include students with learning disabilities and behavior problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, or behavior problems that are not disabled can benefit from applied behavior analysis. Also, ABA is well noted among researchers of autism as a method that can be effective for autistic children. (About.com) Autism is known as a complex developmental disability. Experts believe that Autism presents itself dur... ... middle of paper ... .... Acquisition of intraverbal behavior: teaching children with autism to mand for answers to questions .
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