· Remember, this person is hard-wired differently.
· Seek alternative explanations for behavior.
· Make sure that everybody involved understands.
· Listen to what the person with ASD tells you.
· Listen to what the family tells you.
· Make sure you have the right “Chairman of the Board”.
· Create structure and predictability.
· Anticipate and deal with transitions.
· Create self-help options.
· Compensate for lack of self-directed learning.
· Work through strengths, by-pass weaknesses.
· Abandon the standard curriculum.
· Teach skills for life.
· Use visual approaches to learning whenever possible.
· Stay concrete: avoid metaphor, irony, sarcasm, cynicism, etc.
· Reinforce teaching of social skills.
· Deal with stress.
· Remember that not much learning occurs when there is stress.
· Remember that punishment does not produce learning.
· Avoid power struggles.
*From “A Beginner’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders; Essential Information for Parents and Professionals” by Paul Taylor
“If you remove from your midst perversion, finger-pointing, and evil speech, and offer your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul; then your light will shine in the darkness, and your deepest gloom will be like the moon.” Isaiah 58:9,10
Mitzvot of classroom management*
1. Kavod…Everyone in your classroom community was created in the image of G-D, including you
2. This is sacred ground
3. Control situations, not people
4. Communicate with families whenever you can, not only when needed
5. Be sensitive to families’ protectiveness
6. Ritualize transitions
7. Try to say yes, if you have to say no then really know why.
8. If you are saying no a lot, it is the environment, not the students
9. Is a behavior distracting the students? How?
10. Is the behavior connected or connectable to the flow of the classroom? How?
11. Every student has unique and valid needs…how can we blend those into the classroom?
12. Provide as many entrances as possible
13. Allow for wide range of modes of learning
14. Allow the flow to go as far as you can
15. Cross talk, on topic, is good
16. Humor is great!
17. Cry till ya laugh…
18. Laugh till ya cry…
19. Know, in advance what you can jettison, and what to hold on to
20. Allow students to learn, rather than teaching them what the agenda is
21. Be process orientated, not goal focused
22. Use set inductors, engage the students in the process
23. Establish ritual and clear, consistent and reasonable expectations
24. Incorporate the needs of the few into the classroom community
25. 5:1 ration of positive to negative statements
26. Do not put stumbling blocks….Isaiah
27. Speak positively of students, in front of them and when with others
28. Elohi…Elohi, every soul is renewed pure daily
29. Savor the positive
30. Share the burden
31. Land remember laugh….don’t be afraid to laugh….
*In no apparent order of importance….