How you structure a classroom or school environment can make a huge difference in how with autism students will get along in that space. Here’s the truth. Some places are easier to navigate than others.
Here’s a personal example of navigating
I travel quite a bit, which means I spend a lot of time in airports. Most of the time I can find where I need to go by watching the signs. Most airports have great signs to give me the information I need so I can get to the right gate and board the right plane.
But there are times when an airport gets more complicated. Sometimes what I think the signs mean and what they really mean are not the same.
Or worse, sometimes there is no sign at all. I get off an airplane and have just a few minutes to get on my next flight. I look around and there are no signs to let me know what gate I need to go to. I don’t know if I need to turn right or left. No airline staff is visible to ask a question. My heart starts pumping faster. . .my body starts to feel different as I edge into “panic mode” because I don’t want to miss that flight. Whew!!!
Setting up a classroom can be like that
Transition times can be challenging for students. How do they know where to go or what to do when they get there? The way you give them the information can make a big difference in how they will handle that transition. How does a student know when an activity is finished? Does he know what will happen next so he can “get ready”?
Creating an environment in the classroom and in the school where students don’t have to guess or become confused will help them achieve better success. A student who is less anxious, less confused and less frustrated will have more opportunity to learn and enjoy the events of the day.
Navigating an environment that is clearly organized and communicates meaningful information to students is a first step toward having a highly successful school year.
That’s one essential. . . but wait. . . .there’s more! I want to share 5 essentials with you and how to use tech tools to accomplish them.
A FREE gift for you!
Setting up an environment for student success is just one task for starting the school year. But there are more pieces to think about now so you can enjoy your year ahead. That’s why I have a special treat for you!
I’ll be a Special Guest with Lauren Stafford in a FREE webinar to help you plan for student success.
Here are the details.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Time: 12 p.m. Eastern Time
Title: 5 Tech Tools for Back to School Success for Teaching Students with Autism
Lauren Stafford, M.Ed.,
VP, Research and Professional Development for Monarch Teaching Technologies and
Special Guest, Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP and author
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People from all over the world will be attending this program. We know that timing is a problem because people are in so many different time zones. That’s why the program will be recorded. Then you can view the program on your own time schedule if you are not able to attend live.
To access the recordings YOU MUST REGISTER.
Then when the recordings are available, you will be sent an email with the details to access the program.
Please do not contact me to ask how to access the program. I will just send you back to this link to register.
We will be talking about 5 key essentials for your environment and how to use tech tools to accomplish what needs to be done.