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Need two examples of instructional strategies to be used with teenagers with autism.

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In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Jul 9, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing!

You do not give the cognitive ranges of these children, so I will answer this question with the assumption that they may be delayed.

Here are some ideas:

To teach emotions/feelings/ or use of adjectives and adverbs consider this children's therapy toy- KIMOCHIS.  They are engaging characters and interactive. Also, they are very bright and "user friendly". Here is a video that explains about their purpose for therapy and in the classroom use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXqalRKrf60

Also, sign language (especially the fingerspelling/ manual alphabet aspect) can help with spelling, math problems, recalling information through the use of a hands on activity to assist with memory and for general communication.

Good luck and hope this helps.

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families

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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Ancounselor,

Teaching children with Autism can prove challenging at times.  It is great that you are looking into new strategies for how to best teach children with Autism.

Children with Autism may have trouble communicating with the teacher and classmates in a reciprocal fashion.  This may pose a difficulty to learning, as students with Autism may have difficulty conversing.  It is important for teachers to repeat instructions as needed, and to provide students with both written and verbal material.   You can read more about this in the following article, Autism: Learning Approaches: http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Autism_Learning/

Here is another helpful article, Tips for Teaching High-Functioning People with Autism: http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Tips_Teaching_High_Functioning_Autistics/  You can find tips about helping students in the areas of organizational skills, conceptual thinking, and teacher-student interaction.

Here is a link to an article with many new technologies and websites that educators can use when teaching children with Autism: http://www.education.com/reference/article/tech-s-role-teaching-autistic-students/ This link provides resources and instructional strategies for teachers.

Incorporating Behavioral Strategies to Teach Social and Play Skills with Peers
http://www.education.com/reference/article/behavioral-strategies-social-skills/

It is also important to be patient and caring, as well as receptive to you students’ needs.  I hope you find this helpful.

Best wishes,

Hayley
> 60 days ago

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TheatLVR
TheatLVR writes:
An instructional strategy, no matter what type of child it is for, is HOW you will teach something.  Describe what it it you are trying to teach first (what are your objectives) and then we could help you figure out a strategy.
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