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Nicholas Flippen
Reply to Erica
Sat May 30, 2015 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 rest of my class? Those questions are ones that are so hard to answer until they are put into practice. I would say, making accommodations to reading materials for your student with ASD would be a great way to include them in with the lesson with the rest of your students. This way they are reading on the appropriate level but they are also being a part of the class. This makes it so that you can still give your attention to the rest of the class while also assisting this student.

As far as control goes, I think it is very beneficial to give them as much control as possible if it leads to a productive outcome. If the student is reading and writing, then that's all that matters. In my past experience as a CAP worker with an individual who has ASD, I worked on many academic goals with him. Two of his goals dealt with reading and writing. When I first began working with him, my instinct was to take control and have him follow along. This did not work for him. I learned quickly that his preferences and interests were vital to the learning process. After making activities for him that matched his interests and letting him have some control in what he read and wrote, and how he read and wrote, we were gaining skills and making significant progress in reading and writing. I believe that as long as their is balance and the activity is productive, giving the student as much control as he/she needs is vital to learning and instruction.

  • 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
    • 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
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