blob-8Research indicates that many teachers in the general education classroom feel unprepared to serve the growing number of students with autism. We developed the Curriculum in a Box  to provide school districts, schools, and teachers with the foundational knowledge and effective classroom strategies they need to be better able to teach students with autism. Designed for flexibility, the program can be used by administrators for small staff meetings, facilitators for large professional development sessions, or individuals as a refresher.

What is the Curriculum in a Box?

The Curriculum in a Box is a comprehensive professional development program designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies needed to support their students with autism in the general education classroom.

This resource includes everything teachers need to host a professional development session: two 75-minute PowerPoint training presentations, to be used together or separately, with video clips, participant handouts, activity worksheets, and scripted facilitator notes. It also includes the Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers, along with two guidebooks, in English and Spanish, and a quick reference sheet:

  • Professional Development Presentation (fully scripted with videos, slides, and notes)
  • Training manual
  • Two (2) Life Journey Through Autism guidebooks
  • Educator’s reference sheet

All of the materials are accessible online. If you wish to order a hard copy, we encourage you to first view the materials online:

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Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum Presentations

The Understanding Autism: Professional Development Curriculum contains scripted PowerPoint presentations, facilitator notes and handouts, activity worksheets, and video clips.

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Online Presentations

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Supplementary Training Manual – Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers

We collaborated with researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute to produce a manual for teachers to use in coordination with the video presentation and refer back to throughout the school year.

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Autism in the Schoolhouse: Educator Fact Sheet

Download this quick reference tool to help address your autism-related challenges in the classroom.

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Combined, these information-packed resources cover:
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Challenging behaviors
  • Successful classroom strategies
  • Effective use of teacher supports
  • Parent involvement
  • Positive social goals planning