Helpful Strategies for Effective Instruction with Learners with ASD
Delivering effective instruction is key in producing desired outcomes for our learners. Providing clear messages help ensure that learners understand what is expected, which in turn can lower anxiety. This is a fundamental skill for front line staff supporting learners with ASD. Once attention and motivation have been established, the 3 following strategies can help make our instructions more efficient.
Keep It Simple using Behavioural Skills Training
Teaching Adaptability Skills and Strategies by Creating Flexible Schedules
Proactive Strategies for Supporting Student Success
Self-Calming Strategies for Learners
Recess: Another opportunity to teach our learners!
Social Interactions… A Barrier to Inclusion?
February is National Inclusive Education Month in Canada. In order for all learners to feel fully included in our schools and communities, it is important that they have positive, enriching and authentic social experiences.
Differentiation in Action – Conversation with a Specialist in Music Education
Teachers Make a Difference
Celebrating Inclusion in the Early Years- Behavioural Interventions in a Child Care Context
Research shows that with early behavioural interventions, children with ASD are much more likely to make gains in development and independence during their school years and into adulthood (Carr & Leblanc, 2007) than children who do not receive behavioural interventions. Hence, in New Brunswick, children with ASD are offered access to programs and supports to help them succeed and develop in their early years. Families with preschoolaged children with ASD have the opportunity to enroll in the Preschool Autism Program. The Preschool Autism Program offers up to 20 hours per week of behavioural interventions and supports for a child and their family. This program aims to decrease the barriers that are preventing children from learning in their natural environment through behavioural interventions that are customized for each child. The Preschool Autism Program is delivered by an organization called Autism Intervention Services (AIS).
Physical activity: a multi-challenge asset
Tips for smoother transitions back to school after a break
Independence Among Learners with ASD
Dominic is an eight-year-old boy with ASD. During a meeting with the school team, Dominic’s parents admitted that despite their son’s learning progress, it was still very hard for them to manage Dominic’s behaviour at home. Because of the family’s working schedule and Dominic’s brother’s activities, Dominic is often home with only one parent. The child must be supervised at all times as he climbs on every piece of furniture and then jumps off of it. Also, his behavioural tantrums made it challenging to go out and do things in the community. His parents therefore asked the professionals in charge of his learning plan how they could help him become more independent.