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Nicholas Flippen
RE: McKenzi
Sat May 30, 2015 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 AS, explicit instruction seems to be very effective. Explicit instruction is exactly what it sounds like. You explicitly teach what it is you are wanting the student to gain from something. For example, the idea of introducing a story that explicitly teaches reading comprehension skills and introduces important vocabulary such as plot, setting, characters, etc. is a great way to explicitly instruct these students. Also, there are ways to explicitly teach inferencing skills to students with ASD and AS. This may need to be done in a separate setting to keep from embarrassing the students, but the teacher could also do it with the whole class so that everyone is working together. As far as allowing the students to read aloud without being embarrassed and distracting other students, there are a couple of ways you could handle that. If space allowed, you could try and find a separate setting for students who need to read aloud. If this isn't an option for you, you may have to just talk to the class about the importance of supporting your classmates, and that not everyone learns the same as others. If your classroom environment is set up in a way that doesn't tolerate bullying and promotes the support of one another, then you can eliminate a lot of these issues.

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    • RE: McKenzi - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:44
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    • Reading Aloud in the Classroom - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 10:06
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    • 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
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    • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:30
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    • Possible Approach - whitemb2, Thu May 28 17:29
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      • Reply to: Possible Approach - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:31
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      • Text Talk? - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:24
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      • Re: Possible Approach - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 21:27
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      • Re: Possible Approach - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:00
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      • Approach ideas - luckadooso, Thu May 28 19:17
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        • Re: Approach ideas - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:06
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    • Differentiation daily - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:05
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