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Angie Helton
Thu Jun 18, 2015 07:40

From all the comments I've read thus far, I think we all made a connection with Eric's videos. They were so interesting and powerful. Like you, I believe that all ASD students have something to say, but have difficulty saying it. To me, that is why it is so important to focus on that instead of the grammar/spelling. Eric was totally effective in communicating his feeling and humor through his writing without it being 'perfect'.

  • Common characteristics/needs - macdonaldke, Wed Jun 17 21:04
    One thing I noticed throughout the lectures, videos, and articles was that our students with ASD are students who have something to say, but they often just need help actually saying it. This sounds... more
    • RE: Common Characteristics/Needs - hildebranak, Sat Jun 20 19:21
      I agree with you. We just need to find what works for all our students. Most of them will learn the same way but some will need more attention or a different way of presenting information to them. I... more
    • Re: common characteristics/needs - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 20 18:10
      I think that this is a part of an entire cultural shift knowing that children with ASD have something to say, but need help doing it. Before people with disabilities were in institutions and other... more
    • Response to Common Characteristics - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:17
      Communication in all forms is frequently an area of need for students with ASD, in my experience. I LOVED all the AT offered in this week's Module.
    • Technology - Amanda Wallace, Fri Jun 19 22:36
      Assistive technology has really seemed to help the students with ASD in the videos. They seemed highly motivated and the articles linked to the videos confirmed that the technology really helped the... more
    • re: common characteristics/needs - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:48
      This is so true. I once had a professor tell me that "just because someone can't (or doesn't) talk, doesn't mean that they don't have something to say!" I think that this is why it is so important to ... more
    • reply to macdonaldke - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 18 19:21
      I agree. It is very important to remember that every child has a voice. They want and deserves to be not only heard, but listened to as well. Since many instructional practices don't take this into... more
    • Re: Common Characteristics/needs - Hillary Yarbrough, Thu Jun 18 14:46
      This is very true with children with autism. A lot of times they have a hard time communicating how they feel or what they are struggling with. As teachers we need to give them options to express... more
    • Expression - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 18 07:40
    • something to say - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 17 22:33
      That is a great point! Students do have something to say, and need the opportunity to express themselves. We need to make sure we provide them with the avenues to do so.
      • reply to Cynthia: opportunities - macdonaldke, Thu Jun 18 10:05
        I like how you mentioned that we also need to give them OPPORTUNITIES to express themselves. I feel like too often we just expect students with ASD to do the assignments we give the whole class with... more
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