Autism Part IV

Engagement Description


One of the most powerful and unpredictable triggers that affects the functioning of students on the spectrum is their sensory input. While in some cases students actively seek more sensory input, in other cases students desperately seek to avoid sensation—and often those proclivities can vary even within an individual student and even within a single day. What’s a teacher to do? This session explains the capricious sensory challenges common to students on the spectrum and arms you with strategies to make the classroom sensory-friendly for everyone.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of the variable nature of sensory challenges among students on the autism spectrum.
  2. Learn what "stimming" is and what important function it can serve.
  3. Collect strategies and resources for adapting the classroom environment intone that is sensorily supportive.

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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