June Newsletter Topic: Autism and Inclusion, Part 2
This month, Positively Autism continues our blog post series on inclusion. If you're new to our blog, here's a brief overview of inclusion that we shared last month.
Future blog posts will feature articles, books, videos, and resources about including students with autism in general education classrooms and community activities.
Inclusion means that children with disabilities participate in the general education classroom or other activities with children without disabilities. Inclusion has also been called "mainstreaming."
Advantages of inclusive school classrooms for students with autism include participation in a natural environment, exposure to the general curriculum, peer models for language and communication, and potential for acceptance and friendship among the broader community.
Classmates without disabilities may also benefit from having a student with autism in their class by learning about the differences among people and developing compassion and understanding. Some of the strategies that benefit students with autism in an inclusive classroom, such as structure and visual supports, may also be helpful for all students.
Reference: "What Are the Pros and Cons of Including Children with Special Needs in Regular Classrooms?" by Alan Harchik, Ph.D., BCBA-D http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/learning/inclusion.php
Here are the rest of this month's articles/resources:
"The Importance of Including Youth with Autism in Community Programs" Video with Dr. Lynn Koegel -
"Supporting Students with Autism: 10 Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms" by Dr. Paula Kluth -
Children’s Books About Autism -
Great Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms -
"Can Inclusion Work for my Child in High School?" Video with Dr. Paula Kluth -
You're Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Children with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom -
June Positive Autism News -
Fourth of July Social Story and Activities -