[after quoting Helen Keller] Autism was first described as a distinct clinical syndrome by Dr. Leo Kanner (1943).
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The overall occurance of autism in the general population was initially identified as approximately 1 in 2,500 births. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2010), reporting on surveillance data from 2006, noted that the occurrence of austim spectrum disorders is now 1 in 110 births. This is a startling and substantial increase. Furthermore, it was noted in the report that there was not one issue in particular that could explain the increase. For example, the CDC pointed out that no patterns were observed that would suggest that the increase in occurrence was attributable to the use of the broader ASD spectrum per se. (page 10)
It is not possible for teachers to soley participate in a full-day workshop or training and be adequately prepared to effectively teach students with ASD in their classrooms (NRC,2001). (page 87)
The purpose of intellectual assessment is not to obtain a score on a test, but rather to understand how best a student learns to problem solve. (page 35)
It can be difficult to choose what strategies will work best for students with ASD, particularly because there is not one strategy that has proven to be most effective for all students with ASD (National Research Council, 2001). (page 49)
Dunst and Trivette (1988) reported that the most effective way to support families is by providing them with enough information to access needed resources, make informed decisions about their child's education, and maintain a sense of self-competence.
The intent for all students is to enable them to see the joy and purpose in learning, to be active contributors and valued members of the classroom, and to be presented with challenging, yet attainable learning opportunities. (page 118)
The tools for creating an effective classroom environment and assisting the individual with ASD to achieve both academic and social success have been shared in great detail, and now it is your opportunity to use this information to create meaningful relationships and have a significant impact on the life of a student with ASD.
With the increasing numbers of children diagnosed with autism each year, parents need the valuable information provided in School Success for Kids With Autism to help ensure their children receive the educational programming they need and deserve. By outlining the best practices found in today's classrooms, School Success for Kids With Autism describes how parents and teachers can work together to create nurturing, supportive, and effective classroom environments from preschool to high school.… (more)