Working with students with ASD – building on fixed interests
Course Presented By: Mary Steuten
To explore strategies that engage students with ASD through using their fixed interest as points of linking to the learning.
One of the characteristics of students with ASD is a focus on fixed interests. This manifests as an intense focus on a narrow topic. For a student with ASD it can be understood as finding familiar territory in an unpredictable world. As teachers we have a challenge to broaden the student’s world to incorporate learning across many topics, concepts and dimensions. In this session the presenter will focus on how to build on a student’s fixed interests to broaden their learning, and use that fixed interest to promote new learning for other students in the class.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. what were the 3 key points that you took from this presentation.
2. How can students with ASD use fixed interests to engage in their learning?
3. What tools or techniques will you try to adopt into your teaching practice?
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