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Empowering Autistic Students: 7 Strategies for Teachers

Each year during World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd), advocates--and even corporate buildings--wear blue as they pledge to shine a light on autism. Those with available means also donate monetarily. To say that autism is an important cause would be an understatement. Today, more than 3.5 million Americans exhibit some type of autistic disorder. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that autism impacts one in sixty-eight births. Based on these statistics, it's a given that Pre-K and elementary school teachers will encounter students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their classrooms. That said, children exhibiting signs of ASD may go undiagnosed, resulting in confusion for both teacher and student. Even if teachers know a student has ASD, they may not know the best learning and behavioral strategies for that student. In short, teachers need empowerment strategies--both for themselves and for their ASD students.
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