Mild to Moderate Autism Teacher High School

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    I am moving from the world of moderate to severe autism to mild to moderate autism teacher which I am excited but scared!

    I eventually want to be an autism specialist so I will take this as a positive!

    Any tips!?!

    Thanks in advance
     
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    I have mild/mod students on the autism spectrum in an inclusion setting. One challenge is that they blend right in with their peers with learning disabilities, so the general education teachers often forget that they have different needs - and often need more patience when dealing with behaviors.

    For example, I have one student who really "needs" to wear his cap or the hoodie of his jacket. He will wear a hoodie sweatshirt even in extremely hot weather. Yes, we are making strides so that he is more and more able to feel safe with a bare head ... But sometimes he really needs it. This is difficult for some teachers to accept. I have to reassure them that "Jonny" is not going to start a "hoodie rebellion" among the other students. The other students instinctively understand that Jonny has some differences, and that its okay for him to wear his hoodie, even if they can't wear theirs.

    Same problem with repetitive behaviors. I have had to gently intervene to stop a teacher from berating/yelling at a student for repetitive behaviors. I definitely understand the frustration, but its really traumatic and confusing for a student with autism to be yelled at for an innocent action.

    I have another student who functions pretty well as an inclusion student, until he is asked to change something unexpectedly (stay after school, stand up to present, change seats). When this happens, he bolts out of the inclusion classroom to come looking for me. Actually, I have 2 that do this.

    I love working with these students and have requested that all the AUT students be put on my caseload. They really benefit from inclusion because they do copy and reflect behaviors, so it's good for them to be around the general population. One of my AUT students is on all the sports teams, another is trying out for soccer next year, another is going to be on Yearbook ... and "Jonny" has become much less resistant about taking off his hood - especially when there is a cute girl sitting next to him.
     
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    I found out half of my students are diploma track the other certificate of achivement.

    I have a co-teacher who teacher math and science. She is teaching a collaborative class this year.

    I am teaching English from AGS English book previous teacher said she would do a chapter then a project.

    I am also teaching read 180. I haven't been trained in it yet. But will ask the previous teacher how she structured it.

    I know the old teacher taught all levels at once. I noticed we have five 9th graders this year.

    I was thinking of doing at English 9 (in the English 9 include students who could benefit from doing the whole book again)
    and an English 10-11.

    The same for Read 180
    (9th plus those that benefit from the whole thing again)
    read 180 workshop 5 and on.

    Then I have a section of Daily Living Skills.

    Stephanie
     

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