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Many autistic students have learning and social difficulties that require support from educators. OAR’s ninth Life Journey Through Autism guidebook is intended to help general education teachers provide that support to students with Level 1 autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as introduced in the DSM-5 and defined as a mild form of autism that requires support.

Specifically, An Educator’s Guide to ASD (Level 1 Supports) contains information that will help teachers in the general education classroom and others to:

  • Become familiar with ASD and how it affects a child
  • Identify evidence-based academic and environmental strategies to promote classroom success
  • Make use of behavior-based strategies, visual supports, and assistive technology
  • Foster successful peer relations and social interactions
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with parents during the individual education program process
  • Prepare students for transition

The guide also offers relevant information and background about ASD, including changes in diagnostic terminology and culturally accepted terms and legislative history.

Download a PDF of the Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator’s Guide to ASD (Level 1 Supports) or order a free print version on OAR’s website. For questions, comments, or bulk orders, please contact the Programs team at 571-977-5391 or programs@