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How individualized supports for students with autism promote success in the mainstream classroom

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, at its heart, a processing disorder. And while the students with ASD face a variety of challenges depending on where they fall on the spectrum, even those considered high functioning have difficulties with pragmatic social language and understanding social interactions. So, when educators mainstream students with ASD and hope that they will learn how to interact in the classroom just by watching their peers, the educators are setting up the students for failure.” (more)

Children with autism thrive in mainstream pre-schools

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“In a world first, breakthrough research from La Trobe University has shown that toddlers with autism are just as capable of learning important life skills through early-intervention delivered in mainstream pre-schools as in specialised settings. Over a period of three years, 44 children aged between 15 and 32 months were randomly assigned to classrooms that included only children with autism or to classrooms with typically developing peers.” (more)

Music improves social communication in autistic children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children’s social communication skills, improve their family’s quality of life, as well as increase brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University. ” (more)

Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Led by Anna Cook, Ph.D. student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students. The research investigated the impact of school-based music lessons on children aged nine to eleven years old, both with and without autism. Split into two groups, one a combination of those with and without the condition, and the other group consisting of those without, the children received eleven weekly singing classes that were specifically designed to increase social interaction and communication skills.” (more)

Supporting Students with Autism: Notes from a School Psychologist

Education World – Mandy Stern

“As a school psychologist, I have observed dozens of students with autism (also known as autism spectrum disorder) in their classrooms. Often, well-intentioned teachers give a correction or directive to the student that 1) might not be a realistic request given their unique condition; and 2) could be approached in another way for better outcomes.” (more)