I have been teaching in a self contained autism room for 6 years and I love it! I teach 10-14 years olds and have a wide range of types of students in my classroom.
Autism is a spectrum so I have a big variety in my classroom! We need to incorporate life skills instruction, social skills training, academic teaching, communication systems, behavior management, hygiene training, inclusion, expressive/receptive language instruction, and fine/gross motor practice into one busy day. Each child's curriculum is developed specifically for them based on their IEP goals. Organization is key with this much going! My paraprofessionals make fun of my perfectionist tendencies but that is how we get so much done! The backbone of our classroom is Applied Behavior Analysis- which I am currently getting my masters in. We take consistent and thorough data, make data based instructional decisions, and look at the function of the behavior for all behavior management systems!
My website The Autism Helper was named one of the top 30 blogs for teachers!
I am Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelors in Special Educaiton from Miami University of Ohio.
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