Dr. Randy Hetherington
School of Education
Recently, teachers have been seeing an influx of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in their classrooms. As this number increases, it is important that these teachers and teacher leaders be aware of the advances in the field regarding methods of working with children with ASD. Some of these practices are written down and published online for the public, but others are only found by accessing the authentic experiences of teachers who developed best teaching methods throughout their careers. This study seeks to be a resource for current educators and preservice teachers in inclusive classrooms, sharing best practices working with students with autism. A literature review and teacher interviews were conducted exploring what designated special education and inclusive classroom teachers consider best practice in teaching elementary age students with autism. Results indicated that effective teaching methods include a focus on consistency, visuals, and relationships. Participants communicated a lack of resources available for teachers to learn about teaching students with autism and that their practices were developed through observation and personal investigation. Participants emphasized teacher workshops and collaborating with colleagues as suggestions for improving teacher education on working with students with ASD.
Autism spectrum disorders; Autism; Teachers--Training of--United States; Inclusive education
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Burkhalter, Jenna, "Listening to the Teacher Voice: Best Practice for Students on the Autism Spectrum" (2019). Honors Projects. 24.