Thanks to a fruitful collaboration with researchers from the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, including Scientific Council member Kara Hume, Ph.D., OAR is excited to announce the availability of a new “Autism in the Schoolhouse” resource, Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers.
Designed as a practical, hands-on supplement to a training DVD of the same title that OAR released in March 2013, the manual provides middle and high school teachers with proven strategies for supporting their students with autism. It outlines the characteristics of autism as expressed in the school setting, classroom accommodations, behavior management techniques, and tips for how to maximize the benefit of available teacher supports, such as the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and paraprofessionals. The manual also includes links to recommended literature and other teacher tools that facilitate continued learning.
“This resource offers a wealth of useful information in a condensed format,” says Ben Kaufman, OAR director, programs and community outreach. “Once teachers have accessed the video curriculum, they can easily refer back to specific sections of the manual for guidance throughout the school year.”
The manual is now available for free download at the FPG Web site, and each section links to the corresponding video segment of the Understanding Autism DVD. Those segments can also be viewed at OAR’s YouTube channel. For more information, or if you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the manual, please call 703-243-9762 or send an email to.