Autism Part I

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This first segment of the series saves you from the ineffective and inefficient process of starting from scratch or “reinvent the wheel” with students on the autism spectrum. Explore ways to mine the experiences of others who have worked with your students on the spectrum, and discover the very specific reason that, if you don’t do that research, you may pay for it all year! 

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an overview of the autism spectrum and the many challenges that come with it.
  2. Learn the importance of making a strong first impression with students on the autism spectrum.
  3. Collect strategies and resources for gathering the information you need to make a smart start.

About the Author

Barbara Boroson

Barbara Boroson

Barbara Boroson, LMSW, is a keynote speaker, professional development provider, and inclusion specialist for educators nationwide. She is the author of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students with ASD (Scholastic, 2nd edition June 2016), and a forthcoming book from ASCD for education leaders.

Barbara’s dynamic and informative PD workshops are customized for everyone in the district: general educators, classroom paraprofessionals, special area teachers, therapeutic providers, parents, cafeteria workers, recess monitors, secretaries, custodians, bus staff, and everyone else who wants to be included in inclusion.

Barbara is a regular speaker at educator conferences such as NSBA, ILA, ASCD, NAESP, AEYC, and many others. She holds a bachelor's degree in writing from Cornell University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She has worked in autism spectrum and inclusive education for 25 years in clinical, administrative, and advisory capacities.

Barbara lives with her husband and their two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

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