INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH AUTISM/ASPERGER’S SYNDROME
Author(S): Sheila Wagner
Award Winning Book
Middle school presents unique challenges to those with autism / Asperger’s, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. Inclusive Programming addresses transitioning to and from middle school, and everything in between: hormones, cliques, bullying, aggression, and “fitting in.” The ingredients for success are pre-planning, frequent monitoring of progress, teacher training, and regular communication between all concerned. Add committed teachers, peer mentors/tutors, sensible allowances for individual students’ needs (extra test time, visual/oral format, concrete language, less or different homework, sensory issues, social skills training) as called for, and you have a recipe for success. You’ll find many helpful charts/resources in the Appendices.