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Supporting Students With Autism [downloadable]

supportingstudentswithautism563Based on information from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, one in 59 children 8 years of age were identified with ASD. The prevalence rate of autism diagnosis has been increasing, and that implies most educators will be responsible for supporting the needs of students with ASD at some point during their career. With a better understanding of the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, educators can improve the educational experience and academic success of students with autism.

Supporting Students with Autism

Supporting Students with Autism is a free, downloadable booklet from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that provides information for teachers and paraprofessionals on teaching students with autism, working with related service professionals, and building relationships with parents and families.

The 13-page booklet covers the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
  • Special Education Eligibility—Autism
  • Effective Education for Students with Autism
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Social Skills/Social and Emotional Learning
  • Addressing Challenging Behavior
  • Collaborating with Paraprofessionals
  • Teens and Young Adults with Autism
  • Working with Families
  • Building a Relationship with Parents and Families
  • Life Beyond School
  • Resources
  • Recommended Reading

Free Publications

Visit the PreK-12 Public Education Publications and Resources section of the AFT website for a collection of free materials in these and other areas:

Most publications are PDFs that may be downloaded.

Source: American Federation of Teachers | Students With Special Needs, https://www.aft.org/education/publications/students-special-needs | © American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

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