Feb 20 2012
Just as children with Autism can struggle to complete academic tasks, educators themselves are often at a loss as to how to reach out to students displaying Autism’s varied symptoms. Simply put, lack of knowledge about Autism is very often encountered among those charged with educating children displaying its symptoms.
But some schools are facing up to these challenges together by participating in group Autism training. During these training sessions, teachers, administrators, and other school staff are invited to take part. It’s common for the training sessions to expound on the topic of Autism from an Applied Behavioral Analysis perspective. This is often the preferred framework within academic settings because it encourages individualized strategies that depend on each student’s particular needs. The benefit of the Behavioral Analysis perspective is that it gives educators the tools needed to cope with struggling students whose social and developmental needs can vary dramatically.
Autism is unpredictable. Those on its frontlines, parents, can be relied on to provide some of the best advice. One father, Garret Butch, whose six-year-old son has Autism, even developed his own training program which is now used by teachers, therapists, and other parents. It’s called Maximum Potential, and it has gained significant traction.