I’ve never been busier during the start of a new year than I have been in 2011. It seems like many of my students were off to an ambitious start this month as well. Some students made such significant progress that the revisions seem to never end. Other students have required a lot of creativity and extra effort in finding ways to reach them and facilitate learning. I found myself re-evaluating many program books, behavior plans and strategies. I won’t further bore you with my lengthy “To Do” list but I will share some of the rewards of my work. The end result is that there are new and improved versions of the free DRL data sheets and graphs along with brief descriptions for each. I hope you find them as useful as I have. You can find them under the “DRL Downloads” tab underneath the Different Roads to Learning banner. Now off to work!
I am always moved to learn about inventive developments in the fields of education and intervention for children with autism. But how often do you hear about interventions being designed for children BY children? Well that is exactly what Zak Kukoff did when he developed Autism Ambassadors. Zak, a typically developing 15-year old, created a curriculum that “will engage typical children and children with ASD’s in a mutually beneficial relationship.” There is research that supports the efficacy of using peer models to facilitate observational learning with children with autism but how often have you seen examples where it has been successfully implemented? We would love for you to share your stories regarding peer modeling or your experience with Autism Ambassadors!
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