An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome: A Priceless Roadmap

05 Jan

Do you need a free resource — yes, a FREE resource — to provide to your son or daughter’s classroom teacher, physical education teacher, lunch aide, paraprofessional, or tutor about Asperger’s? Well, the Organization for Autism Research published such a resource a few years back and generously allows readers to download and print out its 98 pages for free (minus the printing costs, which are priceless when compared to the value of this manual).

An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome plainly and clearly introduces AS (What is Asperger Syndrome? What does Asperger Syndrome look like? What are the classroom challenges? How does Asperger Syndrome affect a child) and presents a plan to help support and understand AS (Six-Step Plan: Educate Yourself, Reach Out to the Parents, Prepare the Classroom, Educate Peers and Promote Social Goals, Collaborate on the Implementation of an Education Program, and Manage Behavioral Challenges) AT SCHOOL.

When I participated in writing this guide several years ago, I was unaware of the dearth of knowledge about AS among the entire population, let alone school professionals. Having worked heavily with schools for five years now, I realize that this lack of information can only be tackled with accurate, efficacious interventions and strategies that can be implemented immediately. Hopefully, this helps.


Posted by on January 5, 2011 in ASD in the Grand Scheme


2 responses to “An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome: A Priceless Roadmap

  1. Diana Huetteman

    January 8, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    This is a great resource. I printed a copy for my child’s IEP this year. I asked all his teachers to check out this website. Unfortunately it was NOT well received. Teachers felt it too hard to incorporate the 6 steps into their classrooms. The IEP Team felt I had over stepped my bounds by giving them materials not pre-approved by the SE director. In spite of these set backs, I continue to bring up the steps outlined in OAR’s manual when complaints arise over my child’s accommodations and the general lack of knowledge about ASD for older children with aspergers.


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