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Parent Engagement in Autism Units

Parent Engagement in Autism Units

As teachers in self contained classes or Autism Units, we are tasked with being care takes, educators, advocates, surrogates, and darn near family for each student we work with. Sometimes we can start to forget that fostering a friendly relationship with parents is also part of the job. Parent engagement in Autism units is important. So how can you do those little things that help parents feel involved, help you grow a stronger relationship, and provide moms and dads with a full experience as the parent of a school-aged kid.

 Increasing Parent Engagement in YOUR Autism Unit

There are so many working parts in a self contained or Autism Unit. See what you can do to survive and thrive in a self contained classroom!

Survive and Thrive in a Self Contained Classroom

Survive and Thrive in a Self Contained Classroom

When I walked into my first LIFE Skills classroom I was teaching so many different leveled students so many subjects (seemingly at the same time) I really didn’t know where to start. Like a lot of new teachers, I thought I could teach in self contained like I taught before- whole groups where I “performed” and called students to perform back on cue. Problem is self contained does NOT work that way. When you ask for a performance, you’ll likely get something you did not anticipate. I was in the classroom with non-responsive students, high functioning Autistic students, emotionally disabled students with a bevy of behavior problems, and students with Down Syndrome and varying levels of functioning depending on the task. I had a hard time planning lessons. After much trial and error, I found that the following things were absolutely necessary to survive and thrive in a self contained classroom.

There are so many working parts in a self contained or Autism Unit. See what you can do to survive and thrive in a self contained classroom!

Adapted Books in Autism Units

Wanting to add more and meaningful activities to your classroom?

Have you tried adapted books?

Learn more about using adapted books in Autism Units!

Using Adapted Books in Autism Units

I love adapted books. LOVE! They are one of my favorite tools in Autism classrooms. When it comes to working on basic skills, advanced concepts, content area ideas, or even personal information, adapted books are a great way to effectively target specific skills in a way that is engaging for students.

Using adapted books in Autism Units. How and Why PLUS get some FREE!