Snug Vest

As some of you may know, we are fortunate enough to be able to post the "I Have Autism and I Need Your Help" series to our blog. The series "aims to draw out the voice of autism – Erik’s perspective – and to interpret and teach – Teresa’s voice. The articles move from general to specific and offer strategies for building resilience and supporting autism."

Last month we posted "Building my Learning Team, Part 1" in which Erik & Teresa described Erik's "dream teacher" to give educators a road map they can follow in teaching individuals with autism. Part two really brings together the whole learning team, assigning roles and specific tasks to each member. By giving the teacher, the student and the parents roles and very specific tasks, it ensures nothing falls through the cracks under the assumption that someone else is doing it.

I encourage you to take a look at the lists, print them out and use them. Adapt them to meet your own needs, and use this article along with part 1 to start a productive conversation with the educators in your child's life!

Click here to read the full article and see the lists developed by Erik & Teresa.

 Learning Team Samples: Student with autism self-advocates for steps; student uses self-talk to connect the brain; teacher allows time for information processing; parent helps organize and prioritize work.

(Above)  Learning Team Samples: Student self-advocates for steps; student uses self-talk to connect the brain; teacher allows time for information processing; parent helps organize and prioritize work.

This article first appeared in Autism Ontario's quarterly publication, Autism Matters, Winter, 2015, Volume 12 , Number 1.

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Did you enjoy this article? See more articles in the "I Have Autism and I Need Your Help" series here:

Nurturing Sibling Support, Part 1

Building my Learning Team, Part 1

Building Self-esteem in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Learning to Self-Regulate & Top 10 Strategies for Kids and Teens

Our founder Lisa Fraser also had the pleasure of interviewing Erik & Teresa on Inside the Spectrum this fall. They shared some amazing insights and very specific tools & techniques that can be implemented right away. To watch their interview, click here.

Written by Monica McMahen — February 19, 2015

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