Essay: For children with Autism, impairments in communication and social interaction often lead to difficulties in interacting with adults and peers and in learning new tasks. Koegel, Openden, Fredeen & Koegel, (2006, p.17). Consider this statement in light of your knowledge of a student with ASD in your classroom or school. Describe the student, then discuss the implications of ASD for the student and for you as a teacher. Ensure that you make reference to the current theory and literature. Identify the strategies that you would put in place in order to maximise the student’s learning with the reference to the literature. Conclude by discussing these strategies in light of best practice. In your essay present the following:
1. Introduction: delineates the difficulties associated with ASD in a clear and concise manner
2. Background: describe the student (ability, communication, social skills, imagination, strengths, needs)
3. Practical Implications: refer to current theory and literature
4. Strategies: identify key strategies for teaching and learning, justify these with evidence of appropriate reading
5. Conclusion: summarise your discussion with reference to best practice
6. References Your essay should demonstrate your developing understanding of the principles, background and practices associated with autistic spectrum disorders. Marking Guidelines Introduction (delineates the difficulties associated with ASD in a clear and concise manner). Background describe the student (ability, communication, social skills, strengths, needs). Practical Implication with reference to current theory and literature. Strategies (identify key strategies, justify these strategies and link the research to practice). Conclusion (summarize you discussion with reference to best practice). Communication and Presentation (writing style, grammar, spelling, referencing, editing etc).