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Issue 105: 12 Things Parents & Professionals Must Understand
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A Note from Nicole: Museum Special Exhibit
Idea of the Week: Apple Ladybugs
Feature Article: 12 Things Parents & Professionals Must Understand
The Horizons Team Recommends: Learning As We Grow; “He Did What?! How NOT to Respond to Behaviors of Students with Autism.”
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This past weekend our local art museum had a special exhibit for one of the area school districts. One of my clients had a sculpture on
display at the museum, so my family and I went to see it. I have known this client since he was in elementary school, and he is now a junior in high school. He and his family have worked incredibly hard in their RDI® program over the past 5 years, and he has overcome so many obstacles. It was a wonderful opportunity to see his artwork on display at the museum. He created his sculpture out of concrete, and I took a picture to share with all of you. So much to be proud of in this young man!
Reminder: The no-cost teleseminar I’m hosting
called “He Did What?! How NOT to
Respond to the Behaviors of Students on the Autism Spectrum” is filling up
fast! On the call I’ll be sharing five things that you definitely should not do when a student (or any child) exhibits dysregulated behavior. Join us on Thursday, April 29th, at 8:00 PM Eastern time. We have hundreds of people already registered, so reserve your spot (it’s fr*ee) at www.AutismBehaviorTeleseminar.com!
Make it a fabulous week!
Looking to the horizon,
Slice a red apple in half from top to bottom and scoop out the core. Place half the apple flat side down on a small plate. Dab peanut butter on the back on the ‘ladybug’ and stick raisins onto it for spots. Use this method to make the eyes too. Stick one end of a pretzel stick into a raisin then press the other end into the apple to make antennae. There you have it – an Apple Ladybug!
12 Things Parents &
Professionals Must Understand about Educating Students with Autism and Other
By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed.
Working with parents and educators for over a decade has taught me some important lessons about what it means to provide a meaningful education to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is easy to get bogged down in the moment-to-moment challenges and lose perspective on what we are trying to accomplish. Too often we employ strategies that address an immediate problem, without figuring out how to build the foundations that are required for addressing the challenge over the long-term. In searching for the elusive “quick fix” we fail to implement some basic but powerful concepts that support learning for all students.
Here are 12 important concepts every parent and professional should consider when designing appropriate educational opportunities for students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders:
- Attitude: Your attitude is the most important tool you bring to your work with students. You do not need to have experience teaching students with neurodevelopmental disorders in order to be successful with them, but you do need to build trust through acceptance, patience, mutual respect, and a willingness to learn.
“He Did What?! How NOT to
Respond to Behaviors of Students with Autism.”
You definitely don’t want to miss the no-cost teleseminar I’m hosting.
During the call I’ll be sharing:
- The number one thing you MUST NOT DO when a student is exhibiting dysregulated behavior (this one tip alone will make your life easier!)
- How to communicate with students in the midst of challenging behaviors so they actually listen (this is something very few people do, but it makes all the difference in how quickly students can be redirected)
- What you need to do to stop arguments before they start (this will save you tons of time and energy!)
- The first action you need to take when responding to student behaviors (this action is probably not on your radar screen, but it should be)
- The gut instinct you need to ignore when a student becomes behaviorally dysregulated (learning to do this will absolutely reduce your stress level!)
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Learning as we Grow
You’ve Been Asking For It – The Resource for Applying Principles of Remediation in School Settings is Finally Here!
This long-awaited book is written for parents and professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
You will learn how to:
- Identify the core features of neurodevelopmental disorders
that create communication, learning, and relationship challenges for
- Shift from a mindset of working around deficits
(compensation) to correcting the root issues that create obstacles for
your students (remediation)
- Modify your communication to promote your students’
communication and thinking abilities
- Identify the unique strengths and obstacles of each student
in order to determine appropriate placement and programming
- Achieve meaningful outcomes for students that allow them to
reach their greatest potential
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