Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Reaching their potential : teaching kids with autism


Staff and parents from a Geelong school have joined forces as an action research team to identify the best strategies to help children with autism to learn about rather than simply cope with their environment. Barwon Valley School is a school for children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. As many of these children have autism, there has been much need for the school to develop consistent behaviour management approaches across the school. Parents meet with teachers from Barwon Valley School and a behaviour consultant every three months to troubleshoot particular behaviour issues that parents are concerned about at home. The idea is to help parents understand the strategies used in behaviour management at the school in order to assist them in trialling the strategies and making changes at home to improve their child's behaviour. An additional aim is to identify the best model that supports parents so the school can offer effective training for parents in the future, and so other schools can better support their students and those students' families. [Author abstract, ed]

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