Making an Autism Classroom run successfully is tough and it can be hard to not fall into a Pinterest Black Hole of perfection. Here are some Autism Classroom ideas that will help you get things going (and not become a Pinterest fail).
#1: FREE Activities for Your Classroom
Yeah, teaching cost more than the pittance the IRS lets you deduct every year… any teacher will tell you that. We spend so much, it is great to find a few freebies to help you get through the year. Here are a few great FREE materials that can be a life saver and a classroom essential:
And don’t forget to become a subscriber so you can get some freebies in your inbox every month!
#2 Helpful Strategies that Really Work
I hate it when I’m looking for some helpful info that can work in my class, fall into the Pinterest-abyss, and then never really find what I was looking for. I can guarantee these articles have strategies that really work. Read em, try em, succeed!
Teaching Students with Echolalia
Replacement Behavior for Hitting
Instructional Strategies for Autism
Behavior Strategies that Work BEFORE the Behavior
Where to Start with Core Vocabulary
6 Mistakes Autism Unit Teachers Make
Autism Classroom Setup
I get the privilege of working in other teacher’s classrooms on occasion and seeing what goodies they have. More than once or twice, I have ordered something on Amazon before I even get home that day. People have some cool stuff out there that I start to wonder how I ever lived without!
Read these great articles:
Then get to Amazon and order yourself these essentials:
VTech KidiBuzz– Umm… What a great tool for classrooms where there is no other tech available to teach technology to students? It was great for the middle school classroom I visited as a reward. Worked like a charm.
Giant Magnetic Ten Frame- Set of 4… Yeah, this is a great visual and tactile way to work on number sense and 1:1 correspondence… Wish I’d had a set when I taught math.
Social Skills Matter! Mini Books… Yes please! These are already written, ready, and address a large swath of social skills for any Autism Classroom. What a perfect (yet affordable) addition- and to image how much money and stress it’ll save!
Early Reading Program… I had a reading system with my son when he was a young. I never though of this as a classroom tool, but then I saw a teacher with it and thought, why not? Turns out the program works like many much pricier systems building on sight word recall as a basis for literacy. With students with significant disabilities, this is the affordable work around.
And check out these other Structured Learning Classroom must haves!