Helping students with Autism access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following list gives suggestions for helping the student with Autism access a general education.
School accommodations and responsibilities:
- Establish a good working relationship with the parent/guardian
- Provide a predictable and safe environment
- Minimize transitions
- Present materials visually
- Divide instruction into small, sequential steps
- Use peer tutors
- Use repeated opportunities to practice
- Individualize homework assignments
- Allow extra time on assignments
- Reduce distraction and sensory overload
- Develop a good working relationship with school personnel and provide ongoing communication during the school year
- Provide specific teaching, rehearsal, practicing, and modeling in natural settings
- Concentrate on changing unacceptable behaviors and ignore those that are simply "odd"
- Help the child to learn and implement self management strategies
Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:
- Learn and use self-management strategies in relationship to age and develop stages of the student
***These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but are suggested ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help the student access a general education.