Autism Part VII

Engagement Description


No matter how dynamic and creative you have made your curriculum, it can seem almost impossible to capture the engagement of your students on the spectrum. This segment reveals why these students may seem far away and guides you to go get them and coax them back to your curriculum. The strategies here may feel counterintuitive, but this is a differentiated journey worth taking.

Learning Objective

  1. Develop an understanding of perseveration and about why your students on the spectrum may be so hard to reach.
  2. Find out why your curriculum may be the very thing that is pushing them away.
  3. Explore a powerful strategy for meeting students where they are and then helping them broaden and expand their areas of interest.


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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