Autism Interventions and Strategies in the Classroom

Today one out of 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. There are five different diagnoses under the Autism heading in the DSM IV-TR. All of the diagnoses require early intervention treatment programs to ensure the child is successful throughout their life. There are several successful research based treatments, picking a treatment for a child should be a combination of the child’s medical staff and family members. The increased number of children being diagnoses on the autism spectrum has affected the general education classroom. With the raise of the ASD diagnosis educators and administrators are in need of ASD specific strategies, techniques, and interventions. Children with ASD typically struggle with sensory abnormalities, motor planning delays, and may lack theory of mind and perspective taking skills. Typical consequences in a school don’t apply to children with ASD. Educators need strategies that they understand and feel comfortable with and ones that the child with ASD will respond to in multiple high stress situations. This review investigates why children with ASD struggle in a general education classroom and what effective techniques and strategies educators can do to prevent meltdowns and encourage success of their student.

Alexandra M. McCannel
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