Education And Autism


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A presentation for EDUC-W200 by IUPUI student Emily Daw

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Education And Autism

  1. 1. Education and Autism Emily Daw
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Addressing Autism Slides 3-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Aids Autistic Students Slides 6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Educating Past Autism Slides 9-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion Slide 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited Slide 13 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Addressing Autism <ul><li>Autism is a developmental disorder and is usually the result of a neurological illness that affects the areas communication and interaction abilities (Perrault, 2009). </li></ul><ul><li>Autism affects individuals in different ways; therefore educational programs must be modified and customized. </li></ul><ul><li>This article further explains </li></ul><ul><li>why autistic students must be addressed with special concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>(Perrault, 2009) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Addressing Autism <ul><li>Autism affects 1 in 150 students in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the California Department of Education, it costs an average of $36,000 to teach autistic students, while just $8,600 is spent on mainstream students. </li></ul><ul><li>Quality programs for students with autism require excellent teachers and large amount of money. </li></ul>(Perrault, 2009).
  5. 5. Addressing Autism <ul><li>This article really draws attention to the fact that autism is a serious issue that must be addressed in the early developmental years at school. </li></ul><ul><li>Programs that are specialized and adapted to meet the needs of autistic students allow children the opportunity to play, learn, grow, and function in the real world, and I agree that it is important that each student has a fighting chance. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology Aids Autistic Students <ul><li>At the NHS Human Services Autism School in Pennsylvania, students benefit from tools such as lights, inflatable objects, and bubbles that stimulate their senses- something many autistic children cannot do on their own. </li></ul><ul><li>The school officially opened a new high- </li></ul><ul><li>tech “sensory room” in October 2009. </li></ul>(Reeger, 2009)
  7. 7. Technology Aids Autistic Students <ul><li>The room has a “space” theme where children can play on a rocket ship (platform swing in the center of the room), and gaze at stars projected onto a wall. </li></ul><ul><li>Multicolored, blinking lights encourage sensory skills; a climbing wall promotes hand-eye coordination, and a vibrating inflatable body pillow calms them. </li></ul>(Reeger, 2009)
  8. 8. Technology Aids Autistic Students <ul><li>I think the idea of a “sensory room” is extremely innovative and important for other schools to consider. </li></ul><ul><li>Autistic students should have the same opportunities and resources that average students have in order to excel and learn comfortably. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Educating Past Autism <ul><li>According to Carol McGraw of Colorado Springs’ The Gazette , “14 years ago, only one in 10,000 children was thought to have it (autism). In Colorado, the number jumped from 246 students in 1998 to 2,416 in 2008.” </li></ul><ul><li>Faced with little money and very few qualified teachers, schools are struggling to create specialized environments for the increasing number of autistic students. </li></ul>(McGraw, 2009)
  10. 10. <ul><li>Some of the most extreme cases of autism require training of even the most basic tasks- toilet training and eating. </li></ul><ul><li>This is no easy task; resources are limited, specialized teachers are scarce, and the amount of students with autism is drastically increasing. </li></ul>Educating Past Autism (McGraw, 2009)
  11. 11. <ul><li>Carol McGraw appropriately brings a vast amount of awareness to the topic of autism in schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Her article thoroughly focuses on the need for more qualified teachers and specialized programs, and I completely agree with these ideas. </li></ul>Educating Past Autism
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Based on my findings, I have come to realize the intensity of the difficulties autistic children and their parents face while obtaining education. I firmly believe that budgets should concentrate more on special-need students, and college students should be encouraged and open to exploring the option of becoming a specialized teacher. I know that now I will definitely consider the possibility of focusing on a special education degree. </li></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>CAROL MCGRAW.  (2009, September 6). SPECIALIZING IN SPECIAL: EDUCATING PAST AUTISM. The Gazette,A.1.  Retrieved December 2, 2009, from ProQuest Central. (Document ID: 1858966751). </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Reeger.  (29  October). Technology aids autistic students at NHS Human Services Autism School in Unity. McClatchy - Tribune Business News,  Retrieved December 2, 2009, from ProQuest Central. (Document ID: 1888608181). </li></ul><ul><li>MICHAEL PERRAULT.  (2009, September 28). Addressing autism. The Press - Enterprise,A.1.  Retrieved December 2, 2009, from ProQuest Central. (Document ID: 1889718941). </li></ul><ul><li>*All images taken from </li></ul>