[R-0456] S2: Instructional Strategies

Citation: The IRIS Center. Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part 2): Evidence-Based Practices. Retrieved from: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/asd2/ [or enter “The IRIS Center. Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part 2): Evidence-Based Practices” in your search window]

Abstract: This three-hour module, second in a two-part series, highlights evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have been shown to be effective in teaching appropriate behaviors and skills and decreasing inappropriate behaviors with children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Users may first want to visit the links at the bottom of the page that provide a module outline, a video tutorial on finding your way around the module, information on the adult learning theory on which the modules are based, and suggestions for materials to supplement information presented in the module. The module begins with a Challenge and Initial Thoughts which is useful for assessing the knowledge base of the learner. Next, Perspectives and Resources provides in-depth information including definitions of the practices, federal laws related to each one, interviews with specialists in the field, as well as specific strategies for early childhood, elementary and middle, and high schoolers. A Wrap-Up and post-test Assessment tool are also provided.

Integration: The inclusion of families in the education of their children and building a positive relationship with those students’ families is a critical component in teaching diverse individuals. As stated in this module, “When teachers begin to view children’s learning as a shared responsibility with families, they are more likely to meet the educational needs of the child.” In Perspectives and Resources, IRIS provides seven videos in which students and their parents discuss their strengths and needs. It is evident watching these videos how much information parents provide on the joys and interests of their children and tips for working with them.

Content Focus: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Evidence-Based Practices; Instructional Strategies; Laws, Policies, and Procedures; Parents and Families

Notes: This module may easily be separated in sections to use in meeting goals of several different courses. For instance, the Challenge and Initial thoughts may be used in Introduction to Early Childhood to assess student knowledge and misconceptions while Perspectives and Resources, Wrap-Up, and Assessment may be used in Child Development I and II or Child Guidance. This module may also be paired with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part 1) retrieved from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/asd1/#content.