A recent study (Teffs and Whitbread, 2009) found that more than one-third of general education teachers received no formal special education training. To address this concern, OAR worked in close partnership with Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools to develop a research-based training tool that prepares middle and high school teachers to promote success for their students on the autism spectrum.
OAR is excited to announce the release of Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers,a dynamic, hour-long DVD comprised of four modules that support both group and individual learning:
- Characteristics of Autism
- Integrating Supports in the Classroom
- Practices for Challenging Behavior
- Effective Use of Teacher Supports
Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachersis the third resource developed as part of OAR’s “Autism in the Schoolhouse” initiative. The first,Kit for Kids, is a colorful, interactive, and kid-friendly program that teaches typically developing elementary and middle school children about their peers with autism. The second component,Navigating the Special Education System, is a guidebook designed to help parents advocate for the unique needs of their children with autism.
For more information, to obtain a copy of the DVD, or to inquire about using this resource in your school district, please contact Ben Kaufman, director, programs and community outreach, at 703-243-9762 or .