Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Structuring the Ride for Autistic Students

In our forthcoming February issue, we look at the hunger for special needs training amongst pupil transporters, including Tourette's Syndrome. Today, one blogger discusses how best to structure the learning environment for children with autism.
Autistic children may not welcome change in their routine schedule during the school day. For example, they may want to sit in a particular seat, work with a particular pen.
The article isn't terribly specific and doesn't touch on the transportation services many special needs students rely on. But we can begin by asking some questions: What do you know of your riders' disabilities and their characteristics? Is their ride structured towards their needs? If you've found 'techniques that work' have you shared them with your colleagues?

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