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A group to review best practices in autism education in public/private school settings. An open exchange of ideas intended to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Exploring how to infuse technolgy with this diverse group of learners.

Location: New Jersey
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Classroom management- Students with autism

Started by Allison Waskow. Last reply by Lynda Way Feb 14, 2014. 8 Replies

Hello everyone!I am a pre-service teacher majoring in Early Childhood- Special Education, and was wondering if you all had any advice or resources providing information about classroom management for…Continue

Technology and Autism

Started by Sara Spencer. Last reply by andrew aker Nov 15, 2013. 3 Replies

Hello all! I am a pre-service teacher studying Early Childhood and Special Education.  We have been learning a lot about autism and ways to communicate with iPads or other technology.  What works for…Continue

Community Awareness Training

Started by Pat Orange. Last reply by Pat Orange Feb 20, 2011. 3 Replies

I am a member of a county-wide Autism Collaborative (meaning I am one of 10 teaching professionals and parents whose goal is to train other teachers, not only in our county, but outlying counties as…Continue

A question about adaptations for a student with autism - computers

Started by Brent Spencer. Last reply by Pam Thompson Feb 8, 2011. 10 Replies

This year, I began using discussion boards in my classroom, to try doing online literature circles.  Students would post a question or a topic of interest about the novel that we were reading, then…Continue

Tags: discussion boards, technology, assistive, autism

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Comment by Miss L on February 5, 2012 at 6:34pm

Hello to everyone!

I am currently working on a project for my "Students with Exceptionalities" class and am looking for information about teaching students on the autism spectrum.

I would really like to include some quotes from teachers on:

1 ) What are some of the opportunities that teachers face when teaching students on the autism spectrum?

2 ) What are some of the challenges that teachers face when teaching students on the autism spectrum?

3 ) What do you want other teachers to know about teaching students on the autism spectrum?

If any teachers would be willing to provide a quote that I can use in the presentation portion of my project I would really appreciate it!

Miss L

Comment by Morgan Kolis on March 13, 2011 at 5:26pm

In my resource room for students with moderate-intensive special needs, I mostly use the TEACCH methodology for all of our students with disabilities, not just those with autism.  We also use behavior modification strategies to work on specific behaviors, social skills training, socio-emotional lessons, etc. 


Is anyone using Pivotal Response Training? 


In my opinion, this is just a great way to speak to your students, to encourage language, and to reinforce appropriate behaviors, but maybe I am missing something. 


In order to see what I might be missing, I was hoping someone using the strategy could respond...



Comment by Joyce Whitby on June 22, 2010 at 8:14pm
Hubby told me that you started this group and suggested that I join, since it is in my area of edtech expertise.
I represent a company that produces a web based tool developed by the Monarch Center for Autism in Shaker Heights Ohio. The tool, VizZle, provides teachers with the power to create and share lessons using visual learning supports....that can either be printed out or run as interactive lessons. EduPLN members can check out VizZle at and sign up for the FREE 14 day trial...please make note in the comments section that you heard about this on the EduPLN and this will automatically be increased to a 60 day free trial. Please consider me a resource in helping teachers to tap into the power of technology to meet the needs of students with special needs... Contact me directly with any questions ...

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