An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome is the third guide in the Life Journey Through Autism resource guide series. Asperger Syndrome is a complex disorder that presents numerous challenges within the inclusive classroom setting. An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome provides guidelines for meeting the needs of the student with Asperger Syndrome in your class, from elementary to high school. Specifically, the guide contains information on:
- Understanding the common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome and how they affect each child on a case-by-case basis
- Promoting positive social goals and educating peers to avoid bullying
- Cooperating with the parents and student’s IEP team
- Implementing strategies to better facilitate learning in the student with Asperger Syndrome.
In reading this edition, please be aware that the “Asperger Syndrome” diagnosis was eliminated from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) which was released in 2013. Since then, Asperger Syndrome is captured under the broad term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That aside, the content of this guide remains current and germane for those that retain the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis as well as students with an autism diagnosis with stronger academic and verbal skills. For more information about Asperger Syndrome, click here.