A Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This week’s free tool is a table for teachers who are implementing peer-mediated instruction in their classroom. The table, Strategies for Initiating and Maintaining Attention, lists strategies for use by peer mediators who are helping their classmates with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) initiate and maintain attention. Strategies such as talking through play can help peer mediators model desirable behaviors during games and other fun activities. And the strategies aren’t just for peers. Teachers can benefit from learning ways to maintain student attention and elicit communication as well! The table comes from CEC’s “A Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders,” a comprehensive and accessible book that promotes a can-do attitude for teachers and their students with ASD.


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