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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Educationally, students who are evaluated by an MDT and meet the criteria set by Nebraska Department of Special Education as having a significant difference in communication, social interaction, restricted interests, resistance to change and unusual sensory experiences are verified as having Autism. So what does that mean? Autism is a spectrum disorder. Each individual with autism will have differing degrees of difficulties in the different areas. No two people with autism have the same kind of autism, thus the term spectrum. The CDC estimates one in 88 individuals has ASD.

Keep It Simple, Structured and Rewarding

Communication and social interactions are challenging for students with Autism. Keep the language concrete. Watch out for sarcasm, figurative language and inference made through nonverbal communication. Routine is central for success with students with Autism. Use schedules, visual schedules and let them know in advance of change. This help to provide predictability in a chaotic world. Reward students for doing what is tough. Things like staying calm, taking turns, playing with a peer, joining a conversation, accepting a change are just a few examples of daily challenging activities students face at school. Follow their interest and use them as the reward for attempting these tasks. Accept the differences and appreciate their gifts and consider the long journey they have in a very social society.

Columbus Public Schools Autism Spectrum Disorders Team

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) , the Teachers Who Educate Them and Their Families

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