Autism Part V

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This segment explains why it’s important to encourage students on the autism spectrum to visit the classroom when no other students are there—when it’s quiet and you can answer their questions and indulge their need to familiarize themselves with the unique smells, sounds, and textures of your classroom. Find out why allowing these students to visit along with their parent or guardian may be the best investment of time you’ll make this year.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the myriad benefits a school preview can provide for students on the spectrum.
  2. Learn about the components that should be included in the visit to make it as effective as possible.
  3. Gain and understanding of the parent perspective and the importance of hearing it. Collect strategies to help you establish productive collaboration.

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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