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SAP to Recruit Workers with Autism

05/26/2013 – 4:49 pm |

A German software company, SAP has recently pledged to recruit employees on the autism spectrum. The company believes that it will diversify talents and has already run a successful pilot program. Read More…

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Natural Born Optimist

05/03/2012 – 11:21 am |

I attended a CSE meeting yesterday for a boy was transitioning into high school. His achievement is a few years below grade level and his cognitive skills are in the low- average range. The school staff encouraged the parents to place him in a 12:1:1 classroom in the high school. …

Distance Supervision of ABA Programs

01/01/2012 – 6:03 am |
Distance Supervision of ABA Programs

Supervising Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in-home programs from a distance presents unique challenges for supervisors and therapists. It’s easy to lose the personal connection when the supervisor is not physically present to provide face-to-face contact. Since parents rarely see the supervisor, they may not be aware of what is going on …

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 4): The Tasks

06/07/2009 – 10:21 pm |

Referred to as “TEACCH Tasks,” “Shoebox Tasks,” or “Work Tasks,” the learning activities presented to students in their work areas have characteristics that optimize the learning of children with autism.

Thinking Inside the Box (part 3): Work Areas

03/15/2009 – 11:20 pm |
Work Area

Visually Structured Classrooms (often called “TEACCH” classrooms) use individual works areas for students to complete their independent tasks. The structure of the area may differ from classroom to classroom and may look different depending on the skill level of the student. However, a student’s work area must be presented consistently to optimize independence.

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 2): The Schedule

03/15/2009 – 11:17 pm |

Visual schedules allow students with autism to transition and complete multi-step tasks without assistance. As students gain independence in using a schedule system they are better able to enter general education settings. For the beginning learner schedules are very concrete, placed in a fixed location, and provide visual cues throughout transitions. As students become more advanced, these schedules are replaced by portable, text-based schedules and checklists similar to those used by many people to keep organized.

Thinking Inside the Box (part 1): The TEACCH Method

03/08/2009 – 1:31 am |

Interventions for children with autism typically emphasize the interaction between the teacher and student. However, the learning environment-its structure, stimuli, and teaching materials-may also contribute to the effectiveness of interventions. Students with autism usually learn best in highly structured and predictable environments. University of North Carolina’s TEACCH program created a methodology for developing learning environments that reduce behavior problems and increase learning. However, educators should recognize that structured environments are only one piece of the array interventions necessary to teach students with autism.

Obama’s Autism Agenda

02/08/2009 – 10:30 pm | One Comment

So far, research for “the cure” has overshadowed research for effective teaching methods, both in dollars and public attention. Those of us who teach, support and assist people with autism (both children and adults) will have to work hard for our seat at the table.