Autism Part VI

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Summary

Typical peers must go more than halfway to make a relationship with students on the autism spectrum, and many are unwilling to do that. This segment explains why it’s so hard for students on the spectrum to make sense of socialization and why it’s hard for their typical peers to make sense of them. Collect powerful strategies for bringing both sides together and setting a tone that facilitates a supportive community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about mindblindness and how it interferes with typical socialization.
  2. Gather ideas for guiding efforts to socialize and for keeping vulnerable students safe.
  3. Understand ways to coax compassion and support from typical students.

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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