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Module 1-Chris Varney Video reminds me to tell kids you can!
Fri May 29, 2015 12:55
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I learned a lot from all of the assignments and videos. I particularly liked Chris Varney’s video. The way he told his story and then surprised everyone about how he was the subject of the story was a really beautiful way to share his story. His story was empowering and I agreed with him when he said, “We don’t have this label for children to say I can’t, we have it for children to say, I can.” From this video, I learned that to help children with ASD to exceed in written language and learning instruction we need to provide an environment where these children can thrive. Students need to be reading books, completing assignments, and interacting with others that all have an underlying theme in which the child believes he or she can.
We need to understand that each child moves in a different way, as Varney said in his video, “No two people experience the spectrum in the same way.” Therefore, teachers, parents, and other individuals need to spend time with each student and get to know the student personally to help him or her succeed in written language and learning instruction. For example, Varney’ interest was in the European royal families. As Varney’s teacher, it would be important to learn this and then understand how we can use this interest to expand and build more interests.
I still want to learn about to teach and work with kids in a way in which they become respected and befriended by other children. A woman, Christina, took interest in Varney’s abilities and set up ways in which he could tell stories. This occurrence changed him. He said, “I moved from the kid that no one really knew how to take, to the respected storyteller in the schoolyard.” It is people like these that work really well with students with ASD and allow them to reach their true potential. Therefore, to answer the “W” of the K-W-L form, I want to know how to teach and work with kids with ASD in this kind of way. I want to learn how to teach them to read and write in a way that they feel truly accomplished and confident, and in a way that others also view them in this way.

  • Module #1: Literacy in ASD - koppenhaverd, Sun May 24 12:53
    Once you have completed the readings, viewed the videos, and discussed your 4 A's, join the whole class threaded discussion below. What did you learn from the readings, videos, or group discussion... more
    • Comprehension - wigginsmr, Wed Jun 3 10:35
      From the readings and discussions I learned that students with ASD can have significantly higher word decoding skills than comprehension ability. This information made me curious about how to help... more
      • Re: Comprehension - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 6 22:11
        I find that this is one of my biggest question currently. We know that this difficulty with comprehension is due to multiple factors, including empathy with characters and difficulty making... more
    • Memorization? & Comprehension - Angie Helton, Sun May 31 07:00
      I just realized that I didn't post my initial response in the correct place. So, although it's a day late, in the correct place, I'm posting it again. I enjoyed reading most of the articles this week ... more
      • Not memorized - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:15
        This was a reading assessment not an instructional lesson He had never seen the words before. He was reading them. Regarding visual cues. If you want children to learn to read independently with... more
      • Memorization or real reading? - miloshcl, Sun May 31 13:21
        Hey Angie, I think that's a good observation--knowing your students would certainly help you know when they are reciting from memory and when they are working on decoding skills. Hopefully we will... more
    • Preschoolers and Carnahan - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:28
      Here are my notes on the two Preschoolers Video’s Who’s at School This video is on a preschool classroom giving instruction of facial and name recognition using picture prompts, and music. The... more
      • Temple - Rebecca McVey, Sun May 31 00:14
        This should have been attached to the above post. Temple talks a lot about how she is a visual learner and is able to see things in her mind. She does not see things like others typically do however, ... more
        • pictures vs movie - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:21
          I think Temple thinks in movies more than pictures, at least when speaking publicly. On two occasions that I am aware of, she was interrupted during a public talk like the video you watched. She was... more
    • Article/Temple Granding Video - Chelsea King, Sat May 30 17:23
      In my study group I was assigned to discuss the 4 A's for the article "Analysis of Reading Skills in Individuals with Asperger Syndrome". I will just touch on the biggest point I took from this... more
      • Details - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 17:50
        I loved how you said we needed to focus on the details of the students. Of course academics and the big picture are important, but we can't work on the big picture without lying attention to the... more
    • Article/Temple Granding Video - Chelsea King, Sat May 30 17:22
      IN my study group I was assigned to discuss the 4 A's for the article "Analysis of Reading Skills in Individuals with Asperger Syndrome". I will just touch on the biggest point I took from this... more
      • Asperger's Article Reply. - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:03
        The article by Carnahan also talked about the difficulty of those on the spectrum to make inferences. I would attempt to aide these students by asking them to make inferences throughout the day.... more
        • practice vs instruction - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:31
          Seeking inferencing opportunities through the day would provide greater practice. That practice would be effective if, and only if, the strategy was already clearly understood. Otherwise you'd be... more
        • Great strategy! - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:21
          I love that, Rebecca! What a good idea to translate the skill to more relevant and common stimuli in the every day world. I feel like this would be a truly effective tool for the beginning skills of... more
      • Reply to Chelsea - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:21
        I totally agree with you. I love what you said about paying attention to the details that our students do rather than always focusing on the bigger picture or the class a whole. I think as a future... more
    • Nation et al Article - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 13:14
      In my study group I was assigned the Nation et al article. Here is a link to the article. I figured this would be the easiest way to have everyone interact with my comments regarding the article! If... more
      • Student Choice - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 13:23
        In most of the discussions that happened in my study group, I think they all went back to the idea of giving students with ASD choice when it comes to their reading and writing instruction. In the... more
        • Choice-Nick-Reply - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:09
          Your question has so many "what if's." By this I mean that I feel that the answer depends upon each individual's situation. I love the idea of letting each child read whatever they want to, but I... more
    • What if it does not work - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 12:49
      First off I would like to say that just in one week I have learned a lot. There are so many things that I did not think about when it came to those with ASD. Although I enjoyed each of the videos for ... more
      • you are light years ahead of the field - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:34
        If more teachers, administrators, and school systems asked the questions you just asked, we'd be much farther along in our teaching success. My colleagues and I use the 6-week rule and a... more
      • Re: What if it does not work - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:18
        Firstly, I also found myself thinking about how little individual or one on one instruction time is typically allotted in the classroom. I also have found through internships that is is difficult to... more
      • Re: What if it does not work - Anonymous, Sat May 30 23:17
        Firstly, I also found myself thinking about how little individual or one on one instruction time is typically allotted in the classroom. I also have found through internships that is is difficult to... more
      • one on one time - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:31
        I agree that finding time to teach a student one on one is very difficult. At least if you are working with an individual, as opposed to whole class or even small group, you can adjust instruction... more
      • Re - What if it does not work - Chelsea King, Sat May 30 17:40
        With my experiences I have constantly wondered what if this and what if that and I don't think anybody could provide a clear and concise answer to this. It's a case by case decision and we all have... more
        • systematic tough choices - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:40
          At the end of this class, I would hope that the tough choices all teachers have to make would be a little more systematic in the following ways: 1. Knowledge of what works generally in terms of... more
        • Wise words - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:26
          I think you're right, Chelsea. We would love to have a golden rule or a clear set of steps for 'what to do next if..' for every situation we will ever encounter in the classroom... but that's not... more
        • Reply to Chelsea - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 17:50
          It is a scary decision that has to be made one person that could either negatively or positively affect that student. I also think that when it comes down to it that the relationship that we have... more
      • Then what? - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 15:36
        I think this topic touches on what is one of my biggest fears as a teacher- what if nothing works? It's a scary thought that we have to decide what we believe is best to help our students and then... more
        • Ignorance is not bliss - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:47
          Allison, If nothing works you haven't tried everything, you've given up to soon, you lack creativity, or you haven't read enough or studied enough or talked to enough colleagues or really paid... more
        • Burn Out - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:38
          Hey Allison! Your fear (and mine and probably every teacher's) of striking out and not finding anything that works leads me to think of the danger of burn out. So many teachers, especially special... more
        • Me too! - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:57
          I am so glad that I am not the only one that has that fear! But I think that part of choosing action to put in place for our students with ASD is knowing more than just their name, it is really... more
      • Re: What if it does not work - parsonkl, Sat May 30 14:25
        Britt, this is a good question. I had a question in my group that was very similar. I believe that it would be difficult for a student to have one on one time as well. I don't know what would be the... more
        • Good Idea - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:06
          I think that is a good idea. I like that idea. Having the centers will also help encourage any ASD students to think beyond the things that they are solely interested in.
      • Re: What if it does not work - andersenal, Sat May 30 13:15
        Britt, I've thought about that too. Because like these articles and videos have taught us, no two children with ASD are the same. This could definitely mean that the strategies given do not... more
        • Agree - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:37
          I agree, we can not give up on a child, but I think that all too often there are many educators and parents that do give up on that child. Figuring out the needs of the student is important to their... more
      • Reply to Britt - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 13:01
        Hey Britt! I think you asked a question that a lot of teachers or future teachers think about. I agree that it is stressful to think about how you will provide everything that a student with ASD... more
        • Reply to Nicholas - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:30
          I agree with trying as many things as possible to help a student with ASD learn, but I am just thinking of different scenarios and play devil's advocate, what if there is that one child who just... more
          • Reply to Britt - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:14
            I absolutely agree! I think more than anything students usually put up the front that they are unwilling to learn or change. I see exactly what you're saying. This is often due to previous negative... more
            • Reply to Nicholas - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 17:43
              Right, and those negative experiences can affect them for life and it can make it harder for future teachers to work with that student. Right that bond is very important and crucial.
        • Reply to Nicholas - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 14:42
          Nick, I think you make an excellent point. So many students are discouraged and they need to be given a reason to want to learn how to read. If an intervention does not work, you absolutely have to... more
          • Reply to Maggie - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:34
            I agree! I think that students with ASD are entitled to the same education and opportunity that others are (if able). The question then arises, when the classroom are so large that the teacher is... more
    • Gotta Love Temple Grandin! - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:19
      I always enjoy listening to Temple Grandin's point of view. I appreciate the way she views different types of intelligence as just that...different; not less. In her TED talk, she makes an excellent... more
      • Reply: Gotta love Temple Grandin - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 17:45
        I too, LOVE Temple Grandin. I love what you said that she appreciate different types of intelligence. I feel like we view intelligence as something people have or don't have. And, often times we just ... more
      • Temple Grandin - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 14:47
        I was first introduced to Temple Grandin in Dr. Marlowe's class and I love her! I have worked with students with ASD who have been told that they are different in a negative way. She puts a new twist ... more
      • Focus on Creativity - coxdm, Sat May 30 13:01
        I also loved hearing Temple Grandin’s view point on how there are different types of intelligence that are equally valuable. As you said that it is our jobs as teachers to build on our students... more
      • Re: Gotta Love Temple Grandin! - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 12:28
        Temple Grandin has always been a favorite of mine and always an inspiration! I love her outlook on things and I also appreciate her views on intelligence being different! She is a role model of mine!
      • Re: Gotta Love Temple Grandin! - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:23
        Mary I too always enjoy listening to Temple Grandin. I always feel like I want to be an agent of change after listening to her! I can also relate to her point about collaboration. It is vital to our... more
        • re: Temple - Cynthia Trickel, Sat May 30 12:49
          I also enjoyed her inspiration! However, I found myself trying to see things through her eyes while she was talking, which put a relative twist to her message. I was intrigued to try to understand... more
          • right strategy, Cynthia - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:19
            You're doing exactly what you need to do to be an effective teacher if you're trying to understand Temple's mind. And that of all the other students you met on video this week. The point of the week... more
    • High Expectations - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:19
      One thing I walked away with was the reminder of the importance of holding high expectations and to always keep the least dangerous assumption at the forefront of your mind. It is important to never... more
      • The go-to resource for answers to this question is the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. There website is http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds/ .
      • High Expectations Reply - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 22:56
        I completely agree that holding high expectations for students is crucial for a successful classroom, especially in a Special Education Classroom. I have heard horror stories from professors about... more
      • Re: Stacy - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 18:57
        I definitely agree with this! I am glad that you have walked away with this reminder because I think that many people forget this fact and think that just because one way of teaching a student isn't... more
      • Reply to Stacy - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:38
        I totally agree with you. As a first year teacher I know that I will have preconceived ideas about my students based on their label. I want to be a teacher than reads "intellectual disability", and... more
        • teaching labels - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:51
          Hunter, I admire your goal. The point of providing you so many different kinds of videos was to help you see that ASD is not ASD is not ASD. Each person is an individual. You're absolutely right that ... more
      • Agreed! - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 18:37
        I couldn't agree more! It's so important for us to expect a lot out of our kids. We don't have the right to decide what our kids can and cannot do. I certainly want to make sure I don't place... more
      • Re: High Expectations - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:00
        Stacy, I completely agree with you and your point about holding high expectations. One thing I keep in mind is that everyone has a special ability that they are very good at. If a student is not... more
      • High Expectation/ Picture Communication - coxdm, Sat May 30 13:18
        I completely agree with you Stacy that it is important for us to hold our students to high expectations. I feel as if even when we push our students beyond what they believe they are capable of, they ... more
        • non-verbal students - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:57
          The current terminology is "students with complex communication needs." The field developed to address this complexity and develop ways to assist communication in people who cannot talk is... more
        • Reply to coxdm - Stacy huffman, Sat May 30 16:38
          I do use picture symbols daily in my room. My struggle is teaching my non-verbal students to read because the challenge lies in ensuring that they have a good phonemic awareness. This is difficult to ... more
    • "Different Perspective" - Ali Carr, Sat May 30 12:00
      After reading the articles and watching the videos, one thing that I really took away from it was looking from a different perspective. I think that as educators sometimes we often focus on what... more
      • Understanding how they understand - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:32
        I think the message you took away from the videos and the articles is one of extreme importance, Ali. The speakers and authors almost all mentioned how differently the minds of individuals with ASD... more
      • Reply - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:12
        Ali, this is a good idea to take away from these articles and videos. I feel that we must always remember our goal when teaching students with ASD. Our goal is for them to learn, grow, and succeed.... more
      • Build on Understandings - coxdm, Sat May 30 14:37
        I agree with you Ali, that it is important to take into consideration the many different perspectives that our students have to offer. When thinking about what a student is doing wrong, it can help... more
      • I agree - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:28
        Ali it is interesting to thing about our students viewing things from a different perspective. We so often do find ourselves simply thinking that our students just aren't getting something when in... more
      • Re: Different Perspective - andersenal, Sat May 30 12:13
        I completely agree with you Ali. I think that teachers sometimes forget to realize the different perspectives of their students. I feel like educators sometimes get into a routine year after year of... more
    • "One kid with autism" - Hayden Porter, Sat May 30 11:11
      You all have heard the quote "If you met one kid with autism, then you've met one kid with autism." I think that statement is so true, and was reiterated in this week's readings and videos. A child... more
      • Re: Hayden - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 19:51
        I really loved that quote and loved your opinion! I think this is something that many educators need to remember throughout their career. I know when looking at the 2 students in my classroom that... more
      • What a quote! - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 18:52
        I've never heard that quote before, but it's definitely true! When I think back about the students with autism that I have worked with I realize how different they all were. In fact, they really... more
      • Reply to Hayden - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:33
        I love that you stated the "If you met one kid with autism" quote. I agree that this is so important and we need to remind ourselves of this constantly. Not only for children with autism, but for all ... more
      • Reply to Hayden - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 14:56
        Hayden, I brought this up to my group in discussion in relation to the "Analysis of Reading Skills in Individuals with Asperger Syndrome" article. It seemed to me like they were making an assumption... more
      • Re: One kid with autism - andersenal, Sat May 30 12:31
        I've actually never heard that quote before but I really love it because it is so true - the spectrum of autism is incredibly broad. No two people diagnosed with ASD are the same. Thank you for... more
      • Response to Hayden - brownrf, Sat May 30 11:16
        That is definitely a great quote! Every child with ASD is so different. I think it is really important to remember as a teacher how different our students really are. I think it is going to be... more
    • Response to Patterns of Reading Ability in Children with ASD - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 11:07
      The conclusion of this study was that as a whole, the individuals with ASD who volunteered for this study showed normal-range levels of reading accuracy, but their reading comprehension was lower.... more
      • I wonder... - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 19:55
        Part of me wonders if their issues with comprehension may appear more significant than they truly are due to issues with communication. Is it possible that there could be cases where they really do... more
        • RE: I wonder... - coxdm, Sat May 30 21:29
          That is a great point Allison. I never thought of it that way. Communication could be a huge factor into why reading comprehension seems low. I would be interested to see if there are other... more
        • Re: Allison - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 20:05
          Allison, I did not think about this and you make a great point! Maybe giving them multiple choice answers for some of these questions might be more helpful for them or find another way to help them... more
      • RE: Alexandria - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:37
        I had the exact same question after finishing that article! The more I've thought about it the more the phrase "explicit instruction" keeps popping up into my head. With many students who have... more
        • Re: Nicholas - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 17:32
          I really like this idea about using the social stories! I think that would help in the long run to know that they might be asked questions about a story they had just read!
      • Reply to Alexandria - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 15:00
        Alexandria, I know that this was extremely troubling to you. I am glad this study shed some light on this issue for you and you know that you did not do anything wrong. I have seen this in student's... more
      • Re: Helping Comprehension - andersenal, Sat May 30 12:44
        One thing that I think hinders comprehension is getting hung up on small details that aren't as important to the story. I think we can help our students with ASD by sometimes using their interests... more
      • Reply - Ali Carr, Sat May 30 12:06
        I do agree with you and worked with a student with ASD who was the same with reading comprehension. It was interesting because at first I was not concerned at all with his reading based on his... more
    • Believe in the Possibilities - Allison Powers, Fri May 29 23:44
      After completing module 1, the main thing I found myself thinking about was our responsibility as a teacher to believe in our students. It was an encouragement to me to be reminded that we can make a ... more
      • reply to Allison - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:28
        What a good reminder it is that we, as teachers, get to be one of students biggest encouragers. I often think about pursuing other areas of special ed, like speech pathology or occupational therapy.... more
      • Reply - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:07
        Believing in all students and individuals is a big responsibility that we must remember. We can't expect our students to succeed if they don't feel like we believe in them. We should help students... more
      • Reply to Allison - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 14:51
        Allison, this is so important when working with students. I have seen many teachers throughout my school career and in my practicum experiences who don't believe that forming relationships with their ... more
      • yes! - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:31
        Allison you are so right! I agree 100% that we need to believe in our students. I love what you said about building relationships. I feel that this is vital to being a successful teacher! We have to... more
      • Support Network - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:29
        I like our post...Building relations is VITAL in any classroom, but especially with students with disabilities.
      • Stated so well - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 11:25
        You stated that very well! We have a responsibility, as teachers, to each of each of the students that we teach, but we have an even greater responsibility to those on the spectrum. We may not know... more
      • reply believe in possibilities - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 10:43
        I couldn't have said it better. This is so important! Remembering that our students are as capable as they believe they are, and it is our job to believe in them and give them endless encouragement.... more
      • Reply to Allison Powers - Hayden Porter, Sat May 30 10:38
        You made a great point, Allison. We truly do have a deep and lasting responsibility to our students to teach and inspire them to reach their greatest potential. So it's important for us to be... more
      • Response to Allison - brownrf, Sat May 30 09:55
        I completely agree with your statement. As teachers we must push our students to achieve their greatest potential as individuals. We also need to make sure we are constantly encouraging and having... more
      • Possibilities - Amanda Wallace, Sat May 30 09:50
        I agree with you. As teachers we need to believe in the possibilities. Our students need encouragement. We can make a difference in our students life, as long as they know we believe in them and we... more
      • RE: Believe in the Possibilities - hildebranak, Sat May 30 09:22
        I agree with you in that we need to encourage our students everyday and make sure they know we have confidence in them. I benefited greatly from teachers who told me I could do it even though I has... more
    • Breaking Rote Memorization - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 21:33
      To be honest, when working through Module 1, I watched the videos before reading the articles. I began with the videos of the teachers working with the students. While watching, I was amazed at the... more
      • love the approach and the questions - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:22
        I love that you went to the videos first. There's not a magic order to understanding. Re: teaching effectively, I make this argument: good instruction is good instruction. If you keep in mind some of ... more
      • Reply to Brigman - Hayden Porter, Sat May 30 23:21
        What a good idea to watch the videos first! I'll have to try that for this next module. I'm sure it aided in the readings. And I totally agree with you about feeling like there is still so much to... more
      • Patience - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:22
        I enjoyed reading your post. I have been in the classroom for two years now. You'll be amazed by how much patience you can find in yourself when you need to. I have worked with some pretty... more
      • Patience - Amanda Wallace, Sat May 30 09:45
        Watching the videos really helped me to better understand people with ASD. I agree a lot of patience is required when working with people who have autism. Temple Grandin and Chris Varney were both... more
        • patience-reply to amanda - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:50
          I agree with you that patience is needed to work with students who have autism, but I think it also requires persistence and tenacity. It also requires flexibility and an open mind! And yes, I too... more
        • Reply to Amanda - brigmanhd, Sat May 30 10:39
          Amanda, I haven't seen the movie. I will definitely have to check that out! Thank you! I read a book by a guy with Autism, it was amazing! He explained how his mind processes things; it's really... more
      • reply: breaking rote memorization - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 22:55
        I didn't read the article you are talking about, but that is really interesting what you said about students memorizing the shape and appearance of the word and then saying it verbally, pretending to ... more
      • Rote Memorization - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 22:12
        I also had this question. I was curious as to why some students with ASD don't have problems with nonword reading and other do? Do some students just learn phonological awareness/letter-sound... more
        • Rote Memorization - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 22:16
          I was just reading your post about this! I hope this is something we cover later in course. I am also interested in the answers to your questions. The only thing I know to fall back on right now is... more
    • This week I learned that each ASD individual is unique. The autism spectrum is broad. Therefore, when teaching an ASD student, I might experience a lot of trial and error until I find what works best ... more
      • Inexplicable Gaps.. - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:45
        It's a very good question you ask about the noted difference in comprehension between reading out loud and silently for kids with ASD. I read and discussed with my group a little bit about these gaps ... more
      • importance of I can - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:16
        I agree with you about the importance of keeping an "I can" environment for all students. I think it is important to not place our judgment of ability on these students and see each as an individual. ... more
        • Labeling hurts ASD students - tatem1, Sat May 30 23:05
          Well said! I agree, we are all guilty of labeling. It is hard not to but vital to continually work against doing so. For example, once a student misbehaves a few continuous times, he or she becomes... more
      • Re - "I can" - Chelsea King, Sat May 30 17:33
        I couldn't agree with you more that each individual with ASD is extremely unique. No two students are the same, but especially those with ASD. In addition the Autism Spectrum is extremely broad and... more
      • Reply to "I can" - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:25
        I agree with your post. This is many of the same thoughts that I had while reading these articles and watching these videos. I have now been exposed to many ideas and questions that I have never... more
      • Unique - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:36
        You are so right in what you said about "what works for one student might not work for another student." We do need to tie into our students special interests when we can and be flexible in our... more
      • Yes, they can - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 12:11
        I was thinking about the same thing with the reading comprehension. I wonder if the lack of connection has to do with when they read it out loud they can actually hear what they are reading versus... more
        • visual abilities + reading aloud - tatem1, Sat May 30 22:45
          Yes, I believe that probably factors into it. I can see how hearing yourself say something can help with comprehension. Many ASD students are very visual; therefore, saying things aloud versus... more
      • Response to tatem1 - brownrf, Sat May 30 09:59
        I think you definitely made a strong point, all students with ASD are so different! How do we even know where to begin with teaching these individuals? I think it is important to stay positive and to ... more
      • Broad Spectrum - Amanda Wallace, Sat May 30 09:40
        Yes the spectrum is broad. I would have liked to see more of the studies in the articles broadened to see the affects. I thought it was really interesting when watching the videos to actuals see how... more
        • spectrum - tatem1, Sat May 30 22:31
          The videos did show how wide the spectrum is. For example, I would have never guessed Chris Varney had ASD. I found the videos very interesting and helpful. I learned different techniques and the... more
      • I also wonder, "Why is there sometimes a gap in comprehension between the two reading methods?" I think that it has something to do with brain development and how each person develops at different... more
      • "I can" approach - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 21:51
        I really enjoyed listening to Chris talk about the "I can" approach. The ASD individual each have their own style of learning and to me it is important to be sure to focus on what the student can do... more
      • Reading Aloud/Silently - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:50
        I do not have an answer to your question about why there is a gap in comprehension for the two methods of reading; however, I do think that both are beneficial. Practicing both will help any student, ... more
        • benefit to reading aloud - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:18
          I agree that both reading silently and aloud are beneficial for different reasons. I would assume reading aloud is more beneficial because you practice verbal skills, a skill that some ASD students... more
          • Such a hard decision! - Allison Powers, Fri May 29 23:49
            It seems like this is one of those questions that never really has a concrete answer. I feel like it would depend on the personality of the individual. If you know that the student is easily... more
            • connecting and building trust - tatem1, Sat May 30 00:03
              This is so true as well. I agree that we have to know our students' personalities and not force them to do something they dread. Instead, we should find another way to help them learn and practice... more
      • student interest - Lauren Livingston, Fri May 29 20:02
        Yes you are right. Students with ASD are some of the most unique and awesome kids that I have ever worked with. One thing to keep in mind when trying to teach or reach students by using their... more
        • student interest - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:39
          Lauren, I so agree with you in regards to student interest. I think that teaching students using things that relate to their interests is vital to their success. And you are right, this works with... more
        • Reply to Lauren Livingston - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 10:23
          I liked this approach to teaching students with ASD. I have never taught my own students, but in my Block 1 classroom there were 2 students who had autism and they definitely loved reading books that ... more
        • drawback of using "special interest" - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:25
          Thanks for your reply. I had not thought of how using an ASD student's interest to teach them could back fire in the long run. You gave me something new to think about. I guess it would be better to... more
          • it's not black and white - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:15
            It's not a question of using interests or not using interests to keep kids with ASD engaged. You saw enough students in the videos this week, I hope, to recognize that while they share some... more
        • Reply to Lauren - Choices/Interests - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 21:51
          This is so interesting to read, we talked a little about student choice in our group discussion. I'm a fan of "The Book Whisperer" by Donalyn Miller (in theory since I haven't put it into practice... more
          • students' interests - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:40
            I have read excerpts of Mrs. Miller's book and also found it very interesting, motivating, and useful. I believe that there should be a balance between student and teacher choice. If my teacher... more
            • Reply to Tatem - Student Interests - brigmanhd, Sat May 30 10:45
              Yes, I agree. I think balance is key! Otherwise, some students would not be motivated to explore other genres. I also agree that Carl excelled when given a choice. In my group discussion, we talked... more
    • Below average nonword reading - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 18:00
      In the Nation et al article, "Patterns of Reading Ability in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," there was a lot of discussion on nonword reading deficits.The article explained that real word... more
      • Reply to Liz - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 15:07
        Liz, in my experience I have found that students with Autism have trouble with understanding nonliteral questions. In the article "Analysis of Reading Skills in Individuals with Aspergers" the author ... more
      • RE: Below average nonword reading - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 13:09
        I wondered the same thing when reading the Nation et al article! After giving it some thought, I think that it basically comes down to what strategies the students have learned to use when reading. A ... more
      • Good Question - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:40
        I have wondered the same thing. In my experience with students with a few students with ASD, they have all been sight word readers. It seemed as though an excellent memory was at work, yet they... more
        • Good Question - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 13:20
          I noticed the same thing when working with children with dyslexia last semester. Learning sight words moved much faster than learning new vowel sounds, for example. When introducing new sounds we... more
      • Reply to: Below average nonword reading - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:37
        I agree with you, and the author, on the nonword reading skills. I also think it makes sense that ASD students memorize the letter/sound pattern and when attempting to read the nonwords, they can't... more
        • Subject Preferences - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 10:30
          I absolutely agree that a big part of the discrepancy is simply people are better at some subjects than others. I also wonder if the tendency to memorize words rather than decide them could be... more
      • Somewhat answering your question - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 18:19
        I don't know exactly the answer to your question, but maybe I can provide some thought and someone else will help out and we can figure it out. Reasoning for why students with ASD do not have good... more
        • This is helpful - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:30
          I had the same question and I think that this is a great start on explaining it. It makes since that if a child with ASD who is used to memorizing patterns and shapes that it would be difficult to... more
        • Thanks for the resource! - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 18:24
          Thanks for the resource! It was helpful! I agree with you (and the website you linked) about the difficulty stemming from not having had the chance to rehearse those words yet.
    • Balanced Literacy - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Fri May 29 15:55
      One thing I learned from this week’s assignment is how important it is to give our students choice and use a balanced literacy approach when it comes to literacy instruction. Student choice will... more
      • Re-Balanced Literacy-Self Discovery - Rebecca McVey, Sun May 31 00:18
        Self discovery, I love this idea. How will it work in a modern classroom? Do we have time for this with high steaks standardized tests deal with? I think this concept although challenging is so... more
      • Reply to Tracy - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 15:11
        Tracy, this is a great question. It is extremely important to give our students a choice of what they read and to use a balanced literacy approach. I have seen this done successfully with one... more
      • reply balanced literacy - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 10:35
        This is a very good question. I took a reading instruction class last semester. We learned, in order to have effective reading instruction 40% of the language arts block should be dedicated to... more
      • Choices - Lauren Livingston, Fri May 29 20:27
        Choices are your best friend when engaging and teaching students with disabilities an academic lesson. I am a teacher in a public separate school for students with moderate to severe disabilities.... more
      • Great Question about balanced literacy - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:42
        I think you raise a very interesting question. I also know what it looks like in a regular classroom, but what does it look like when teaching an ASD student to read? I don't know the answer to this... more
      • Re: Balanced Literacy - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:22
        I love that you mentioned letting students discover things on their own. Trial and error is very important at the beginning stages of literacy because students will formulate a hypothesis about how a ... more
      • Re: Balanced Literary - bennettmc, Fri May 29 16:40
        Hi Tracy, Great thoughts. I also learned this from this week too! As far as student choice, there is a good balance between student control and teacher control. Although I am not a teacher, I would... more
    • Using Student Interest - andersenal, Fri May 29 15:44
      One thing I found from each of the videos and articles was that it is really helpful to use the student's interest to aid with literacy instruction. Edgar particularly liked trains and they used that ... more
      • Re: Using Student Interest - Sara Pappas, Mon Jun 1 14:55
        I am 100% an advocator for using student interests as a tool for learning and ultimately the sole tool. However, I understand where you're coming from with your first question. It's kind of like with ... more
      • Student Interest - coxdm, Sat May 30 19:01
        I think that behind all successful learning is getting to know the students you are working with. If you know what they are interested, you can incorporate it into the lessons and the students will... more
      • Student Interest Reply - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:20
        I feel using interests can be a good starting point to get students excited and involved. However, students should be able to explore areas out of one or two interest areas to learn. I have recently... more
      • Interest - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 13:20
        That is one message that I kept seeing throughout the readings in some sort of way, that they learn better when there is something that they are interested in is incorporated in as well. And I think... more
      • Student Interests - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:25
        In my facebook group I shared a link to a really good article in the New York Times. It is about a father who used his son's obsession with Disney movies to communicate with him. For some reason, the ... more
        • Reply to carsleymm - andersenal, Sat May 30 13:32
          Wow, thanks so much for sharing! That was definitely an interesting read. I loved how this father did not give up hope despite what the professionals were telling him. It's so incredible how he... more
      • Response to andersenal - brownrf, Sat May 30 11:29
        That's one of the things that I found really helpful too! I thought it was interesting how the teacher who worked with Connor used a lot of materials that had to do with transportation. I think that... more
      • Re: Using Student Interest - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:29
        Excellent point. I hit on something similar to this in my group's discussion. It is great to give students freedom to participate in their own learning by using their interests to facilitate. But at... more
        • using smaller interests - tatem1, Sat May 30 00:30
          This is a great idea! It might even work to use less favorable interests to facilitate learning first and then move on to other smaller interests or the number one interest, if the teacher finds it... more
      • Re: Student Interest - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Fri May 29 15:59
        I believe using student interest to drive engagement is a wonderful thing but I have never worked with ASD students so I am not familiar with students only wanting to read about one thing. I can see... more
      • reply: Using student interest - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:53
        I agree that it is useful in using student interests to engage them in learning and have also seen this in action. The first thing you can do to connect with a child is to talk about their favorite... more
        • Trails - Anonymous, Fri May 29 20:15
          I like what you had to say about how important it is to know a student and their interests, but not to let that hinder their learning experience. Odds are the child already knows a lot about the... more
          • whoops - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:16
            I forgot to put my name in the author section. This was Sonya Summey
        • Trails - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:39
          When reading the original post I was thinking about how to connect the interest of one child to broader interests and lead them new and exciting topics which may hold their attention. I have never... more
      • Re: Using Student Interest - lavertyse, Fri May 29 15:50
        In response to your question, I think it is possible to hinder a students learning at some point if we focus too much on their interest. I think that if we use it as a stepping stool to get them... more
        • RE: Using Student Interest - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:43
          I also think it could hinder a student if all you allow to read is something that interests them. I think teachers could use this to gradually guide the students to read other things. Such as the... more
    • Aspirations/Actions from the articles and videos - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:41
      I would like to know what some of you "took away" from these articles and videos that you think are important concepts and methods to remember in the classroom. One of the biggest ideas that was... more
      • I like the what your group discussed about listening comprehension comes before reading comprehension. That is absolutely correct and is something I have never thought about. I think it is necessary... more
        • reply to Angie - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 23:11
          I agree that all students should participate in order to check for their understanding, not just the students who always raise their hand. I've seen random methods of calling on students like drawing ... more
          • RE: Reply to Angie - Angie Helton, Sat May 30 11:26
            Ooooo! I like that approach. I can see how it would cause anxiety in some students and think that walking next to the desk, and standing there briefly, of the ASD student would be helpful and... more
      • What I took away from the articles - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:53
        The biggest things I took away from the articles were the fact that children with autism may appear to be able to read but really most of the time they struggle with comprehending. They usually... more
        • Reply to Seagraves - Hayden Porter, Sat May 30 23:58
          Jordan, you are so right when it comes to the importance of patience. Not only is this key to helping our students achieve success, but in allowing ourselves the time to figure out how the best learn ... more
        • RE: What I took away from the articles - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:27
          I think you took away some of the biggest ideas from all of the articles and videos. I too took the same things away from the materials. Students with ASD often struggle with reading comprehension,... more
      • Balanced Literacy - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Fri May 29 15:50
        One thing I "took away" from this weeks assignments is how important it is to give our students choice and use a balanced literacy approach when it comes to literacy instruction. Student choice will... more
    • Reading Comprehension Assessment - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:09
      In the Carnahan article, there are three main theories presented including Theory of Mind, Weak Central Coherence, and Executive function. These three theories present issues that students with ASD... more
      • Reading Comprehension Assessment - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:46
        I think a group assessment on reading comprehension is a good idea. I think it helps students remember some parts of the text that they may have forgotten about and realize something that they may... more
      • Re: Reading Comprehension Assessment - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:35
        I really enjoyed this article, especially that aspect of it. I think one of best ways I have seen used to assess a student's true comprehension level is to have them read a story and retell it to... more
        • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 22:34
          I like that idea as well. I have found that questions can be more telling than we intend for them to be. One of my teachers told our class last year that she attended a forum on multiple choice... more
      • Assessing Comprehension - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 17:00
        Last semester I worked with students with dyslexia and comprehension was also an issue for them, as they would focus on decoding certain words and lose focus on the meaning of what they were reading. ... more
        • teaching comprehension - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:10
          I'll introduce the whole-to-part model of reading comprehension in Week #3 and show you a more systematic approach to identifying needs and teaching reading comprehension.
        • types of questions - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:22
          The types of questions used to assess comprehension is absolutely important. Asking questions that are different higher order thinking is a good way to assess the depth of a students understanding.... more
          • Types of questions - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 20:52
            I agree. What other ways could you assess comprehension without focusing so much on those higher order questions, so they would they're better able to answer them in the future?
        • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:27
          I hadn't thought of how this would also affect children with dyslexia. I like your idea of using thought provoking questions that wouldn't allow students to just copy answers from the text. I have... more
      • Comprehension Assessment Reply - andersenal, Fri May 29 16:05
        Kelsie, I think that placing students into pairs and small groups is a great way to help with comprehension, like you said. While in these pairs and groups, the teacher could have some discussion... more
        • I really like your idea of recording group discussions in order to assess comprehension. It would motivate students to stay on topic, participate, and give it their best. The only problem I find with ... more
        • Journal idea - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:29
          Mandy, I really like the journal idea. I believe that this is something that every student can have and will not require to much class time for a teacher, because they can read entries when students... more
        • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:17
          Thank you for your input. Both of those ideas are brilliant. I think a mixture of both the recording and journaling ideas would be a great way for the teacher to assess each student without the time... more
    • Hunter Hastings: Grandin/Varney - Hunter Hastings, Fri May 29 15:00
      I watched the videos of Jordan, Temple Grandin, and Chris Varney. They all had such unique thoughts about people with Autism. I think that as a future special educator, the opinions of these people... more
      • Response to Hunter - brownrf, Sat May 30 11:40
        I definitely agree, these videos were great and the unique thoughts were interesting. I really liked when Varney said that students' learning has nothing to do with their label. I want to make sure I ... more
      • reply Grandin/Varney - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 11:01
        I agree. The experiences and successes from people with ASD are priceless. I find that most times while working with people with any disabilities it can feel like an dark endless tunnel. Hearing... more
      • Videos - Amanda Wallace, Sat May 30 09:56
        I agree, the videos in this module were very interesting and inspiring, especially Grandin's and Varney's. It was amazing to see how they think, and how far they have come with their Autism. I love... more
      • Re: Hunter Hastings: Grandin/Varney - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:33
        I also felt amazed that Temple Grandin and Chris Varney had autism. While I do agree that there is a stigma and a negative connotation that comes along with autism, I also believe that it is... more
      • "I can" - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 18:06
        I am also amazed and encouraged by Grandin and Varney. I really think it is important for everyone to listen to Varney's "I can." So many times we do put a label on our students and we say okay I... more
        • response to Jordan - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:44
          Jordan I too am encouraged by Grandin and Varney. Of course I always walk away after hearing Grandin feeling encouraged! I love the "I can," because yes we so often catch ourselves, even not meaning... more
      • Re: Hunter Hastings: Grandin/Varney - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:48
        Wonderful post. I love hearing personal stories from students with disabilities. I hate that the social stigma of having a disability is so big and negative that these individuals feel the need to... more
      • Re: Hunter Hastings: Grandin/Varney - lavertyse, Fri May 29 15:45
        I agree with you that Temple Grandin really encouraged teachers to think about the different types of learners. She really showed us how important it can be to find and teach the different thinkers... more
      • RE: Grandin/Varney - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:09
        I will also admit that the first time I heard Temple Grandin speak I was amazed by what she had accomplished. I, too, realized that I should be amazed by the fact that she had done such amazing... more
    • Turning theories into concrete strategies - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:41
      These articles and videos brought up many theories for teaching and connecting to students with ASD. I think that it is important to come up with concrete strategies to creating platforms for our... more
      • Strategies - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 13:43
        I think that having "I Can" statements posted for the child with ASD on their desk or wherever it maybe so that they can see those everyday is a good idea. Having a visual list of I can statements... more
      • Strategies - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 22:22
        I also love learning about different strategies to employ. I always wonder what's the best thing to do and what I can do next. I really enjoyed the Connor scenarios and classroom ideas from the... more
      • I agree! - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:34
        I am right there with you. I love to learn about theories and the reasoning behind why people implement the practices that they do, as well as I would like to be able to explain the practices I will... more
      • reply: concrete strategy ideas - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:26
        I agree and am definitely more of a "so now what" person who wants to know how what I'm learning can be actually applied to my classroom. Some of the articles mentioned several strategies to support... more
    • Module 1-Chris Varney Video reminds me to tell kids you can! - bennettmc, Fri May 29 12:55
      • "I Can" - coxdm, Sat May 30 17:59
        I also really enjoyed Chris Varney’s idea that we need to have an “I can” mentality for our students. This will encourage our students to look at each task with a positive attitude. I think if we... more
      • High Expectations - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:28
        I LOVED Chris Varney's video. I think the power of high expectations cannot be underestimated. Sometimes a diagnosis of ASD can result in parents and educators jumping to conclusions about what a... more
      • Chris Varney - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 22:32
        Ahh I'm so glad you found this as inspiring as I did. I watched the videos of the children first and felt very incompetent and that I would never have the patience for this. However, after hearing... more
        • Inspired! - miloshcl, Sun May 31 13:13
          I'm so glad you got to experience that change of mindset! I am definitely with you in having felt (and still feeling sometimes) inadequate to meet the needs of some learners. But you're so right; we... more
      • Chris Varney Video - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:35
        I agree that this video was empowering. He is a great storyteller and kudos to his mom for deciding not to just accept the things he couldn't do but to accept the things he could and ways he did... more
      • reply to Chris Varney - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:10
        Very well said. When I was thinking about what I really got out of these videos and readings, the first thing that came to mind was this talk. It was a beautiful story of how our attitudes and... more
        • Re: rognstadgr - bennettmc, Fri May 29 16:26
          To respond to some of your thoughts... First of all, I think the role of teachers or just people working with these students is to remember to put yourself in that child's shoes. I think it's easy to ... more
          • reply bennettmc - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 11:06
            All of those strategies sound great! Thank you for sharing!
      • I really enjoyed reading how the video inspired you to be a better teacher. The point you made about uplifting your students was a point that I also found when watching the videos this week. In the... more
        • Re: Kelsie Fender - bennettmc, Fri May 29 16:36
          Hey Kelsie, I am actually not teaching but yes it did inspire me to be this way in my work with these individuals! I agree with you about the videos and would have liked to see more correction from... more
    • Read Alouds and Comprehension - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:07
      In the Smith Myles article, one of the main discussions and research focused on the differences seen in the comprehension of students with ASD when texts are read aloud versus silently. The article... more
      • Response to Rachel - Maggie Horne, Sat May 30 21:59
        Rachel, I really related to this post because many of my students were given read aloud opportunities in my last practicum placement. Many students were given read aloud accommodations and their... more
      • Read Alouds - coxdm, Sat May 30 18:21
        I like how you connected the Smith article to Carnahan article. It also stated that students with autism are lacking the ability to understand another’s feeling and may not understand why a person... more
      • RE: Read Alouds and Comprehension - hildebranak, Sat May 30 09:37
        I think reading allowed is a wonderful way to have students comprehend better. They are hearing the actual inflection in our voices when we read aloud, so that, I think, allows for better... more
      • Read-Alouds - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 22:08
        Rachel, I'm glad that you brought this up. From my own personal experience, I had the same language arts teacher for 7th and 8th grade. This was an AIG class and she insisted on reading some... more
        • Easy Read Alouds - Rachel Caldwell , Sat May 30 18:48
          That is so great that your teacher continued to read aloud to your classes! I had the opportunity to intern in a middle school EC setting this past semester and I got to see how some of the teachers... more
      • Reading Aloud - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:24
        I do think that it is interesting that after elementary school teachers do not usually read to their students out loud when it is so beneficial. I do not know if it is because teachers think the... more
      • reply to Rachel: read alouds and comprehension - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:09
        Hi Rachel, I thought this aspect of the content we learned so far was interesting too, especially the fact that students with ASD are able to perform at grade level when they hear the story and are... more
    • ASD Characteristic? - parsonkl, Fri May 29 11:26
      I have had little experience with individuals with autism, and know little about ASD characteristics. I noticed that in the videos, it seemed like the ASD individuals from the video liked to be in... more
      • Balancing Act - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:32
        When I have worked with students diagnosed with ASD, I felt like I was always balancing what I wanted them to do with what they wanted to do. Some of my students were so easily frustrated that a... more
      • Response to parsonkl - brownrf, Sat May 30 11:37
        I think that individuals with ASD do have many similar characteristics but they also are very different. I think as teachers when a student is being "stubborn" it is important for us to keep our cool ... more
      • reply ASD characteristics - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 11:34
        In most of the videos it did seem that the students were in full control or even possible "acting out." However, I noticed even though their teachers seem to be letting them do whatever they what,... more
      • ASD characteristic - Lauren Livingston, Fri May 29 20:43
        Students with Autism often times have a difficult time with sensory overload. Students with Autism are able to hear, feel and see things that we may not be able to understand but are very distracting ... more
      • Re: ASD Characteristic? - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:43
        Great question. This is my opinion on the matter: Obviously each individual case is unique just as every person is, but in my experience with ASD, it has been a common characteristic. While ASD does... more
      • Re: ASD Characteristic? - McKenzi Davis, Fri May 29 11:54
        This is something that was discussed within my group- is it the disorder that is causing them to be off focus, or is it defiance? I think that this is something that we, as teachers, will have to... more
        • defiance or disorder - tatem1, Sat May 30 00:41
          I have no experience with ASD students but if I had to guess I would say in general, the disorder is the main culprit. The disorder amplifies the defiance. Of course every kid is different. However,... more
    • Background knowledge - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:38
      After reading the articles and watching the videos, some of the things that stood out most to me was the occurrence of tying in background knowledge to the current learning objective and to make the... more
      • Letting the Students Answer - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:42
        As an undergraduate, I have not had ample amounts of time a classroom with the same group of students. However, I have been a part of many different summer programs for students with disabilities,... more
        • reply to letting the students answer - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:44
          This brings up a great point, when in doubt, just ask. Sometimes it can be that simple. I have been on this kick about coming up with concrete strategies to work with students with ASD. However,... more
      • Re: Background Knowledge - bennettmc, Fri May 29 11:23
        Cynthia, you make an excellent point. For students who do not have disabilites, they are able to use background knowledge to help them learn. It comes more naturally for them. However, for students... more
        • Time - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:36
          In my position, as EC Director, I do not provide direct instruction to students, however, I am responsible for providing direction to the teachers who work with me. In my past experience as a... more
    • Quality of Life - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:27
      One statement made by the authors of Linking Cognition and Literacy in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder suggested that silent reading made was that silent reading comprehension served as the... more
      • Did I miss that? - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:22
        I went back and reread part of that article, and you're right that is a rather bold statement to make. I agree with you I don't think that whether you comprehend something better with reading aloud... more
      • response to cynthia - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:47
        Cynthia, I must have blown right past that statement, but now that you have pointed it out, I agree with you. It is a bold statement and I too feel that just because students aren't silent readers... more
      • Re: Quality of Life - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:28
        I agree with your point and I was also taken aback when I read that statement. While I do agree that silent reading comprehension is very important for educational success, I would not say that it is ... more
      • Re: Quality of Life - hinesjd, Fri May 29 10:38
        I too thought that was a very bold statement to make to begin an article. I can understand where they are coming from because literacy skills are something you and I use everyday (we are often... more
        • Quality of Life - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:35
          I agree with Jacob, while I think saying that this would interfere with students' quality of life is a big accusation, I do see what the author meant. Like you said Jacob, we often take for granted... more
        • Re: Quality of Life - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:02
          Thank you for your comments. I was wondering if that statement caused others to stop and think... I agree that it could effect the students difficulty in functioning in certain situations, but not... more
          • Re: Quality of Life - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:31
            I read this article and made note of this exact phrase. "Literacy skills, especially silent reading comprehension, serve as the foundation for learning, independence, and quality of life for all... more
            • reply: Quality of life - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 23:05
              I like your spin on the statement Kelsie, that reading is a foundation of quality of life, but does it necessary have to be independent reading? I can somewhat agree with the author in the way that... more
    • Patience and Control - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 10:22
      After reading the articles and watching the videos, I realize that it takes a huge amount of patience to work with an individual with ASD. These individuals think and work differently and often at a... more
      • Reply to Erica - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:22
        Hello, Erica! You asked some very awesome questions. I think most of us question these things. When is the control too much? How do I serve a student with ASD appropriately while also serving the... more
      • reply to Erica: patience and control - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:18
        I agree and also was surprised at the amount of patience and control involved, especially in the Edgar and Jordan videos. To answer your first question about the balance of accommodating the student... more
        • Re: reply to Erica: patience and control - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:11
          I really like your point about students needing more control in order to take ownership of their own learning and success. I also think that choice is a crucial element in teaching individuals with... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:22
        That is a very good question. I see what you are saying, Jordan was given most of the control when it came to this assignment. I don't know if this is correct (I would love to hear other point of... more
        • Re: reply - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:22
          I like the way that you explained this. I can see how giving Jordan more control in this situation would allow him to do things in a way that made the most sense to him. This would give the person... more
        • Jordan in Control - andersenal, Fri May 29 16:59
          It's interesting that you say it could be because they were trying to let Jordan find his own way of completing the task; I had not thought about it like that. My first thought was that Jordan was... more
      • Re: Patience and Control - hinesjd, Fri May 29 10:30
        Great ideas! This was one of the things I brought up for the argument portion of the 4 A's for this module. Freedom is important because we don't want the students with ASD to feel like they have no... more
    • Learning from Peers, Readings, and Videos - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:20
      At first, when reading one of the articles I disagreed greatly with students becoming confused with words that look alike because I forgot we were talking about reading. I kept thinking about the... more
      • Reply to Jean - Decoding - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 21:40
        Jean, I wrote a little about decoding in my post too! It seems like decoding is a widespread issue for students with ASD from what I read. However, if a student can read the words but isn't... more
    • Theories - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:27
      After reading the articles and watching the videos, i learned that it takes so much patience and understanding to work with people who have ASD. I also found the article Linking Cognition and... more
      • Connor's cues - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:05
        Our group talked about the cues that the teacher let Connor use when he had questions about his work, and who he should ask. Should he go back and reread, ask one of his classmates, or ask his... more
        • Connor & Classmates - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 22:33
          I also wondered about Connor asking his classmates for help. I was curious if maybe there was a certain number of times he could ask a classmate a question; because if he keeps getting up to ask... more
          • Re: Connor & Classmates - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:36
            I wondered about this too. I was also wondering if Conner would even feel comfortable asking a classmate for help. Often, individuals with ASD feel uncomfortable in social situations and I have seen... more
      • Theories of Cognitive Processing - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:55
        I also liked the examples they used with Connor to better illustrate the theories. I also agree that patience is a skill you must have with students with ASD because the cluster of symptoms each... more
    • Language Deficits in ASD-Module 1 - hillaryyarbrough, Fri May 29 06:15
      One thing I found interesting in the readings was the stress of language deficits in children with ASD. The second article we read titled "Patterns of Reading Ability in Children with ASD", the... more
      • Language Deficit - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 21:09
        This is a very interesting point you have brought up. My question is, what is the definition of language deficit? I know a few children with ASD and I may not consider them to have a language... more
      • Re: Language Deficits - bennettmc, Fri May 29 12:14
        Hillary, Those are great thoughts. To say most children is a bold statement. I was not assigned this reading in my group. However, did the author have any statistics to back that statement up? I... more
      • Language Deficit - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:12
        Thats true Hillary! I also thought that sounded high. In the article we read the groups tested were small and didn't seem to have much range on the spectrum, so I wonder if this may be where that... more
      • How do we teach Language deficit students? - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:37
        I wonder the same thing Hillary. I do agree that that percentage seems pretty high, considering that not all ASD individuals have a language deficit. I do wonder thought, how do we teach ASD students ... more
    • The first thing that struck me in the videos and the articles was how important it is for these students to be given some choice. Choice is important for all students to be motivated and engaged, but ... more
      • RE: choice leads to motivation and comprehension - hildebranak, Sat May 30 09:42
        I think students should have a choice in what they read. I know we need to keep them on track to keep advancing with their reading skills but I think as long as a child is reading they should have... more
      • Question about choice - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:19
        Do you think we should always provide choice or is there a time when you should buckle down and say "no we're doing this?" My thought is of course there are times when choice is needed and when it is ... more
        • choice vs required reading - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:04
          I think there are definitely times when students have to read what is required of the. It is a skill all students must have, especially in the testing culture of our schools. But I think when you are ... more
      • First - Then - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:45
        I agree with your statement concerning choice and the effects it has on motivation. When viewing the videos, I had some concern whether or not Jordan was achieving the learning objective. He... more
        • what is first-then? - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:07
          I'd like to more hear about this approach. I'm not familiar with it. I'm assuming its first we __, then you can __ right? Jordan seemed extremely reluctant and unwilling to even come to the table,... more
      • Inference Response - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:42
        I do believe it is a difficulty when it comes to teaching inference to any student. What I noticed from my past experiences is that I start with a book that meets not only their reading level, but... more
    • Rebekah Brown- Module 1 - brownrf, Thu May 28 23:21
      Some things that I took away from my article, which was "Linking Cognition and Literacy in Students with ASD", are the three theories that could potentially explain the cognition of students with ASD ... more
      • Theories & Silent Reading - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:38
        I too considered the implications of each of the three theories presented that could possibly explain the cognitive processing styles of students with ASD. I remember Dr. Van Loan talking about... more
      • Re: Rebekah Brown- Module 1 - Karley Ingold, Fri May 29 10:19
        Personally I think that the silent reading comprehension is a major thing that needs to be mastered not just for educational purposes but for life purposes as well. If the students do not learn this... more
        • Reading Out Loud - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:18
          On the other side of that, if reading aloud works for them and allows them to understand what the text is saying, then would being able to read silently really be a big issue? I know for me... more
          • Silent reading argument re - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:47
            First off, Rachel, I completely agree with your statement that I read things out loud to increase understanding all the time. This is a difficult thing for me to make a decision about. Maybe I'll... more
    • Comprehension Influences - hinesjd, Thu May 28 21:29
      The article “Linking Cognition and Literacy in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder" was very interesting and informative. One of the main focuses of the article was the proposed 3 characteristics... more
      • Comprehension Influences - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 17:18
        I think these characteristics play an very important role as well. In my School-Age Language Disorders class these three characteristics were a part of several big topics we discussed in class. We... more
      • Re: Comprehension Influences - Karley Ingold, Fri May 29 10:00
        I think that all of these characteristics play a very large role in literacy development because they hinder the comprehension of what children are reading or de-coding. With every child the amount... more
      • Three Theories - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:16
        I really enjoyed this article. I had never heard of these theories, but found them very interesting. I also feel that it is important that we can address these thing in the classroom. It would better ... more
      • Reply to hinesjd- Comprehension Influences - hillaryyarbrough, Fri May 29 06:21
        I had never heard of these three theories before and you make a good point. Depending on which theory a child falls into, does this determine how we deliver instruction? There are so many... more
      • Reply to "Comprehension Influences" - bennettmc, Thu May 28 21:43
        I enjoyed reading this article as well. It really helped put things into perspective about why individuals with ASD act the way they do sometimes. Also, that's a great question you have. In my... more
    • Guidance versus Independence - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 21:21
      After watching some of the videos and also reading about the others through my group members I have noticed that many of the individuals wish to accomplish tasks and do things such as reading... more
      • Ready to Learn - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:36
        This is the tricky part of teaching any student any thing...Are they ready to learn? How can I help them be ready? What is blocking them to being receptive to instruction? With some students,... more
      • Striving for Independence - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:59
        I think the goal for any student is to do everything independently. I agree that allowing a student to do something independently before they are ready may harm them more than help. I think that a... more
      • Independence - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:35
        These are great questions, that I haven't ever thought about before. I know the people with Autism i have been around want to have control, or be independent. This is when i think choice can help and ... more
      • Guide When Ready - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:49
        You ask a very good point. I have a student with ADHD right now who hates being helped because he thinks he is too good for that. So I ease him into it, and tell him that when he struggles he should... more
      • Readiness - luckadooso, Thu May 28 22:02
        I think that you raise some very interesting thoughts that I hadn't thought about a lot before. I think that setting guidelines for the way that reading will take place may be the best way to go... more
        • Re: Readiness - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 22:40
          Those all seem like good ideas to me but then I also think back to what the articles say about finding that thing that the reader is very interested in and then using it as a tool to motivate them.... more
    • Re: Module #1: Literacy in ASD - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:20
      One thing that I seemed to notice throughout my reading was the idea that different steps in the reading process develop at different times. In regards to reading accuracy versus reading... more
      • Answering Question about how long you should wait - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:12
        I do not think you should wait to see if things catch up...this will only allow the student to: 1) fall behind or 2) not be diagnosed until a later date. If you just waited to see if comprehension... more
      • Re: Module #1: Literacy in ASD - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 21:35
        I also wonder how long I would need to wait on a student to see if they were struggling but could catch up or if there was an issue beyond just what would be considered normal. I think that with time ... more
      • Comprehension Aid Response - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:22
        I think that we can use comprehension strategies that we teach typically developing students to teach students with autism as well. I think, like you said, we might need to teach and develop these... more
      • Comprehension vs. Decoding - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:21
        Sorry, I posted without a title... this post strand is about comprehension vs. decoding!
    • Is Repetition bad? - whitemb2, Thu May 28 15:23
      The readings showed various test scores and data about the relationship between reading words and actually comprehending material for ASD students. One thing that caught my attention was the concept... more
      • Repetition bad? Re - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:35
        I think that a concept will stick when it is introduced in a variety of ways. For example, if a teacher is teaching silent E, they need to expose students to a number of different words that use... more
      • Reply to: Is Repetition bad? - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:16
        I struggle with this same question. I think that repetition is good to a point. It helps individuals 'catch on', but in some cases, it becomes memorization. I feel it is sort of the same thing as... more
      • Repetition vs. Stemming or Perseverating - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:34
        I wondered that too. I know that a lot of people on the spectrum have some sort of stemming, although I've only seen visual stemming, that results in repetition when speaking or doing something. I... more
      • Reply to whitemb2- Is Repetition Bad? - hillaryyarbrough , Fri May 29 06:43
        This brings up an interesting point. When do we know if a child is just memorizing words or if they really know them? I suppose using the words in another text will determine whether it's... more
      • Repetition=not bad - bennettmc, Thu May 28 21:37
        Like many others have said, I feel that repetition is not a bad thing. Individuals with autism often take a longer time to grasp a concept than do others, therefore repetition is a good thing because ... more
      • Is repetition bad? - Lauren Livingston, Thu May 28 21:18
        I work in a public separate school for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Repetition is an essential in my classroom because my students have difficulty recalling information that has not ... more
      • Is there thought behind it? - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 20:37
        I think that repetition can be a very useful skill in learning new things but I think that it is imperative that the repetition have some sort of thought behind it and is not just mindless... more
        • Carl Repetition - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 17:25
          I noticed that in the Carl videos as well. I was wondering what would happen if the cards were mixed up. Like you, I felt he had just memorized the letter patterns instead of actually reading what... more
          • Re: Carl Repetition - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:40
            Memorizing letter patterns is an interesting concept that I have never thought about before. I am not sure how I feel about this, but it seems like the articles think that it is a negative way to... more
            • Carl Repetition Reply - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 00:01
              Like you said, we all memorize common words because we don't decode every word we read. Once we learn what the word is from decoding, we can recognize it they next time we see it. For instance you... more
      • Re: Is Repetition bad? - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:36
        I think that repetition of skills is good and should be done. Practicing decoding (nonwords), comprehension, inferencing, etc. skills can be done through repetition. I think that doing something like ... more
      • Re: Is Repetition bad? - hinesjd, Thu May 28 16:28
        This is a wonderful analysis of the material that entails a great question. I know it sounds a bit "cliche" to say that there is a time and place for everything, but in this instance it would be hard ... more
      • Re: Is Repetition bad? - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 15:55
        I do not think that repetition is necessarily bad because it can teach memorization. But is memorization real learning? If you think about math we "learn" a lot of math through methods of repetition... more
      • Repetition is tricky, I think. - luckadooso, Thu May 28 15:53
        I think that your question is very thought provoking. Repetition can be both good and bad. Repetition for the sake of rote memorization may not be the best way to learn for students, as it does not... more
    • ASD Reading Classroom - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 14:53
      One of the articles that we read talked about Asperbergers and how students with AS cannot successfully function in the "normal" classroom or the "traditional" classroom where reading is taught and... more
      • RE: McKenzi - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:44
        McKenzi, I think you've asked some very good and important questions! I am not a practicing teacher, but in my experience with working with students that have disabilities, more specifically ASD and... more
      • Reply to: ASD Reading Classroom - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:11
        You've raised some very good questions. I'm interested in finding out these things as well. I think talking to the student with AS individually, like a personal interview type thing, will help see... more
      • Reading Aloud in the Classroom - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 10:06
        McKenzi, I had the same question about reading aloud when reading the articles and watching the videos. Of course this would depend a lot on the student because ASD does occur on a spectrum and so... more
      • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - Anonymous, Fri May 29 10:06
        McKenzi, I had the same question about reading aloud when reading the articles and watching the videos. Of course this would depend a lot on the student because ASD does occur on a spectrum and so... more
        • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - McKenzi Davis, Fri May 29 11:52
          One thing that I've consistently read about and discussed with my group is the significance of a positive and tight- knit classroom environment. I think that this is important for all students so... more
      • Reply to McKenzi Davis-ASD Reading Classroom - hillaryyarbrough, Fri May 29 06:37
        This is a very good point. Differentiation is very important but I like how you brought up the point of making the classroom a comfortable and safe environment for students with ASD to feel... more
      • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:30
        I think that doing guided reading where the teacher pre-plans stopping points to check for understanding and comprehension would help in this situation. I can see some sort of reading rotation... more
      • Possible Approach - whitemb2, Thu May 28 17:29
        I can understand that students with ASD and any other disability, find it embarrassing to read while a class is in session. They always look at me funny when I ask them to read louder so that I may... more
        • Reply to: Possible Approach - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:31
          I like your strategy. Working in small groups seems to be what many of our schools use. It gives the students a chance to work with others, and to work with others who may be different than... more
        • Text Talk? - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:24
          I love how you have been able to work with your students to see that they are doing what they need to do in order for them to succeed. This is so great. How did you work with them to get to that... more
        • Re: Possible Approach - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 21:27
          I loved learning about Text Talks in my reading class this past semester so it makes me happy to hear that students enjoy them as well. i think it is a great way to involve all of the students in a... more
        • Re: Possible Approach - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:00
          Thats an awesome idea for inferencing with elementary students. I know that early aged students rely heavily on pictures so that they can understand the texts. After all, students begin reading many... more
        • Approach ideas - luckadooso, Thu May 28 19:17
          This post was very informative and gave me a lot of really great ideas! Thanks for posting. When splitting students into small groups, do you do so by ability level or just in general? I love the... more
          • Re: Approach ideas - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:06
            Yeah, a story map is something like what I was thinking to have students do in order to keep up with what is occurring in the story. But, somehow making it more than just writing down the facts of... more
      • Differentiation daily - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:05
        I think all of your points are very valid, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of students with AS in our classrooms. I think that crewing an understanding and nonjudgmental classroom... more
    • "Bigger Idea" Question - lavertyse, Thu May 28 10:21
      One question my group came up with was how do we help students pull away from the details and start to see the big picture when reading? The articles went in depth about how the students get... more
      • That is a good question - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 11:18
        That is a really good question. I think one idea would have sort of visual, whatever it maybe, to guide them through the big picture of the reading. I think to get them interested in other things... more
      • Getting Lost in the Details - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:25
        I remember Dr. Schlagal talking about this, but he wasn't addressing students with ASD specifically. I remember him saying that sometimes when students are reading and they have this deficit to do... more
        • Getting Lost-Re-Jean - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:25
          Jean, I like what you said about asking relevant questions. I remember talking about the idea of "text talk" in one of my reading classes. Instead of asking questions like "what color was" or "what... more
      • Re: "Bigger Idea" Question - Karley Ingold, Fri May 29 10:10
        I think that in order to solve this problem lots of tools need to be used in combination with one another to help support each other. For example you might start with visuals or pictures of the main... more
      • Repetition May Be Used - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:52
        See this is where I believe repetition can play a part. I like to use the same text for the week and come back to it and focus on a different concept each time. One day we might focus on the... more
      • graphic organizers - catheyt, Thu May 28 23:09
        I think one way to help these students to focus on the big picture is to use graphic organizers to help them visually see and organize their thinking a bout their reading. I liked the example the... more
        • reply: using graphic organizers - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:47
          I think using graphic organizers is a really good idea to help students see the main ideas and the supporting details. Have you ever seen those "sandwich" organizers? They have sections representing... more
          • I don't know section - catheyt, Sat May 30 19:52
            Thats a good idea to have a section for" I don't know" s. Then after you conference with the chid there could be another section for what they learned and maybe even connections they could make from... more
      • Visualization - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:27
        I think that visual aids would be extremely helpful here. Story maps would be a useful way to help students to see how details fit into a larger story. Maybe drawing different scenes or characters... more
        • Re: visualization - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:40
          Having visual aids as part of the lesson is a great point! I agree that the use of visuals is extremely helpful. Students can more easily make a connection to words or stories when they have a visual ... more
    • Patience and Choice - lavertyse, Thu May 28 10:14
      From all of the readings and videos I really saw the amount of patience and understanding that it takes to be an effective teachers for students with ASD. It is not a patience that we do not need in... more
      • RE: Patience and Choice - coxdm, Sat May 30 20:02
        I am so glad that you mentioned the importance of being patient with all students but especially with ASD students. When it comes to giving the students a choice, my group was interested in this as... more
      • reply: patience and choice - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 17:40
        I completely agree with you. I believe that students needs to be given lots of freedom to make choices on a daily basis. Independence is something I am going to emphasize heavily when I am a teacher. ... more
      • Exactly! - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 16:32
        Those are the first things I noticed in the Jordan videos, and it didn't take very long for either of them to be apparent. Dr. Koppenhaver's patience with him was really encouraging. It seems like... more
      • Reply to Patience and Choice - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:30
        I completely agree with this post. Patience is a big key to working with children or ASD individuals. One thing I have learned since I have started working around elementary aged students is that... more
      • I Agree! - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 10:57
        I most definitely agree with you. Patience is something that one needs to exude when working with any student, but with those who have any form of ASD. Being able to have that one-on-one time and... more
      • Patience is Key - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:40
        I think patience is one of the most important qualities in being a good teacher. It allows time for the student to be able to think, try, and experiment before anyone else can cut in or give the... more
      • Offering Choices - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:51
        Allowing students with ASD to choose may de-escalate a lot of problems when executed properly. I have noticed that when you offer choices, the choice not only needs to be acceptable to you in the... more
        • Re: Offering Choices - lavertyse, Fri May 29 16:02
          I really like how you pointed out the fact that this choice can de-escalate problems. Sometimes, when given a choice, the students feel like they are in control. Not giving them any choice in their... more
      • Patience - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:20
        Thats the main thing i pulled away for the videos too. Patience and understanding is key when working with children who have ASD. It makes all the difference in the classroom. My group talked about... more
        • Patience is a virtue - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:32
          To be able to wait for the optimum time for learning to take place, is indeed a virtue. I believe it takes very patient teachers to work with students with ASD.
      • Reply to lavertyse-Patience and Choice - hillaryyarbrough, Fri May 29 06:29
        You bring up a very good point. I think patience is the most important aspect of working with students with ASD. Being able to be patient with these students will make any situation much better and... more
      • choice - catheyt, Thu May 28 23:13
        The choice between writing and reading was interesting to me too. It seemed like they gave him a choice between the two because they knew that he liked writing less than reading. I think that was... more
      • Being Open Minded - whitemb2, Thu May 28 17:42
        Patience is the key to being a teacher. Granted, not all of us are going to have enough patience for most students, but we will try! Also, the video with Chris is another great example about being... more
      • Choices and motivation - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:38
        I completely agree with you that it takes an incredible amount of patience to work with students. It can be frustrating at times when it seems that a student is making less progress than you thought... more
      • Re: Patience and Choice - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 14:39
        Sara, one thing that I've read about and learned in my other classes that focus on students with ASD is that choice is imperative for ASD students. I think that, like you said, that this gives the... more
        • Choice - Amanda Wallace, Fri May 29 09:30
          I agree, choice makes all the difference. The people that I have been around with ASD strive to have some control. Choices are usually the best way to achieve this. This may motivate them more to... more
        • Learning and Choices - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:33
          I agree with you that it can be a challenge to decipher when a student is being defiant or when they are off-focus without meaning to be. As teachers, it is our job to make learning desirable. It is... more
          • Re: Learning and Choices - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 20:47
            I've learned that goals are huge. Constant reminder of the goal, a logical consequence, and a solid rewards system works really well with ASD students. I have not seen this implemented with ASD kids... more
    • Question about comprehension strategies - Jordan Seagraves, Wed May 27 20:34
      A question that my group came upon was: "Does working with a student that has ASD on self-correction or re-reading eventually help them comprehend the text better? In other words does practice make... more
      • no and yes - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:08
        Self-correction and re-reading are not reading comprehension instructional strategies. Neither would help a child improve much if (a) they weren't already reading pretty well with comprehension or... more
      • Comprehension strategies - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:16
        Hey Jordan, I see where your group is coming from wanting to give students skills of their own to increase their reading capabilities. However, re-reading and self-correction don't seem to me to be... more
      • Re: Jordan - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 20:17
        I have asked myself this question plenty of times while in school! I feel like we are always taught that practice makes perfect and sometimes that might work, but overall I think it is about what we... more
      • Practice makes perfect? - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 21:58
        This is what I have been told my entire life, and I'm 44. I do not believe this statement. No matter how well a person can do something, there is always someone who is going to come along and do it... more
      • RE: Question about cmprehension strategies - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:26
        I think that self-correction and re-reading are great at comprehending better. I know when I read sometimes I need to re-read to pick up on something that I may have missed. I also think that... more
      • Practice Makes Perfect - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:47
        I don't see why practice wouldn't help a student with ASD to become better as long as they are practicing the correct way to begin with. Although students with ASD have dificits, they are more than... more
      • Re: Question about comprehension strategies - Karley Ingold, Fri May 29 10:17
        I don't know if practice makes perfect in this case but I do definitely think that practice makes better and that through this feeling of growing that students will become more motivated to try and... more
      • Practice Does Make Perfect - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:59
        See I am on the practice makes perfect size. If no one ever practiced anything or did homework, then no one succeed in anything. I believe that self-correction when used correctly can really help a... more
        • Response to whitemb2 - brownrf, Sat May 30 10:04
          I definitely agree with you, practice makes perfect. If none of us ever practiced anything, what would we be good at? Yes, some people are born talented in particular areas, but no one can say... more
        • Practicing Reading - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 21:06
          In one of my previous reading courses my professor would say that you could only get better at reading by reading. I am in agreement with you that practice makes progress! There is no need to shame a ... more
        • Praise first - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:50
          Using praise for correct answers or attempts, I agree is a great strategy. Having the student read with you first for him to gain confidence is also a great strategy. You made a great point about... more
      • Comprehending text - luckadooso, Thu May 28 17:02
        I think that the skills of self-correction and re-reading are good skills to teach all students, even students with ASD who are struggling with comprehension. I don't think that "practice makes... more
        • Chronicle order through Pictures - coxdm, Sat May 30 19:23
          I love the idea of using visuals to help students create a concrete way to see the story how it happens. This could help integrate creativity into the classroom by allowing the students to draw their ... more
          • Picture Ideas - miloshcl, Sun May 31 13:09
            I love those strategies! I haven't personally used a similar program but I think it makes so much sense to use other ways of interacting with text to engage learners with ASD. If their mind works in... more
        • reply to comprehending text - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:42
          I agree that self-correction and re-reading are good skills to teach all students. I think that these are important for any student to learn, especially students with disabilities that may have... more
      • Re: Question about comprehension strategies - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 14:28
        I don't necessarily believe that practice makes perfect for any student, especially for ASD students. One article that i read discussed rote memorization for learning letters, but as teachers rote... more
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