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Idea #24: Wait a minute

Many individuals with autism have delays in response time. Learn to wait for a response before giving another cue or asking another question.

If the person has problems with processing, it can be very challenging when directions are given several times in quick succession. For some individuals, these second and third directions can feel like interruptions as the person works to process the first direction and provide a response. In some cases, the individual may need to “reboot” and start processing anew with every new cue or reminder.

To be respectful and supportive, try to...

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Idea #22: Create an agenda

This last set of ideas was inspired by the content in You’re Welcome, a book on inclusive practices that I wrote with Patrick Schwarz a few years back. This title is actually three mini-books sold as a packet that features content on differentiated instruction, collaboration, and positive behavior supports.

Tools like learning agendas provide great opportunities for differentiation and individual support. During any given unit, teachers can have all learners exploring the same content, but potentially with slightly different goals and targeted outcomes. On this agenda, the personalized instructions include assistive tech supports as well as personal supports to help this child complete assigned work.

Learning agendas like this one are great solutions to meet the individual needs of all students in a differentiated classroom, but they are especially helpful for...

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