Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life. Autism affects an individual’s ability to communicate, respond to sensory input, regulate his/her behavior, and socially interact.
Autism varies in severity of symptoms, age of onset, and association with other disorders. Manifestations of autism vary across children and within an individual over time. There are innumerable combinations of possible symptoms. No single “typical” behavior is present in every individual with autism.
People with autism experience impairments in social interaction that can include:
People with autism experience impairments in communication that can include:
People with autism experience repetitive and restricted patterns of behavior, activities and interests that can include:
Many people with autism experience sensory issues that can include:
The schedule/school day of a student with autism should be individualized to meet their unique needs. This can include any combination of the following:
For students with autism:
For students without disabilities:
Peer education is a very important part of the process of inclusion. Peer education can take a variety of forms such as: stand-alone lesson, curriculum-related lesson, formal presentation, informal discussion, video, simulation activity, “show and tell” or any combination of these.
Peer education can be presented by: teacher, special education teacher, paraprofessional, family member, friend, or student (when appropriate).
Peer education should provide: