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Nicholas Flippen
Reply to Britt
Sat May 30, 2015 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 needs in order to benefit from literacy instruction and show growth in reading comprehension. I think in every single situation you could possibly think of, you would always start over and try a new intervention of the student wasn't benefiting from it. Our job as future (or present) educators is to make sure that we are reaching all of our students and providing FAPE (free and appropriate public education) to all. I don't think any student with ASD "doesn't want to learn." I think they are discouraged often times and need a reason to care about learning to read. They need to experience success before they will care about the learning process of reading. I think trying as many interventions as possible is what ultimately benefits student learning when past interventions have proven ineffective.

  • 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
      • 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
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