We recently released the first course in a new three-part series on Structured Teaching in our Autism Spectrum course category.
Students with an autism spectrum disorder – or ASD – think, learn and process information very differently from most of their peers. Beyond the facts and figures of classroom subjects like math and language arts, there’s an enormous amount of subtle and not-so-subtle data that students must pay attention to, interpret, organize and act upon. Students with ASD also need to observe what’s going on around them and plan and monitor their own actions and responses – while functioning in an overwhelming sea of sensory information.
But students with ASD may have more difficulty pulling the most important information from the chaotic environment of that sensory sea. It can be a struggle to make sense of the moment – to make decisions about what to do and then to act on their decisions in that moment. Structured teaching is a key evidence-based intervention strategy designed to address these issues.
Structured Teaching: Part 1 – Individualized Visual Daily Schedules course will help school staff members working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) better understand and implement the structured teaching best practice of using individualized visual daily schedules.
We’ll discuss how the schedule addresses the needs of students with ASD, explain the critical process of individualizing the schedule, demonstrate how to teach students to use the schedule, cover the process of making needed adjustments, and explore numerous schedule examples used successfully in classrooms.
Catherine Faherty has worked in the field of autism for over 25 years. She wrote the book, “Aspergers…What Does It Mean To Me?” which provides children with high functioning autism and Aspergers, and their families and teachers, a method to understand the effects of autism in their daily lives. She worked with the TEACCH® Autism Program in North Carolina for more than 20 years, where she did diagnostic evaluations, was a parent consultant and child therapist, consulted with school programs, and trained teachers and other professionals locally, nationally, and internationally. Catherine Faherty’s website is www.catherinefaherty.com. Her books are published by Future Horizons, Inc, and the titles are: Autismâ€¦What Does It Mean To Me?; Communicationâ€¦What Does It Mean To Me?; and Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life.