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Tips for Educators

When working with students with autism, an effective educational program will capitalize on the student's interests, offer a predictable schedule, teach tasks as a series of simple steps, actively engage the student's attention in highly structured activities, and provide regular reinforcement of behavior.

Use the links below for tips and strategies for working with students with autism in a variety of classroom situations.

Encouraging Social Skill Development and Peer Relationships

Addressing Challenging Behavior

The Important Role of Paraprofessionals

Working with Related Service Professionals


This content was written by Easter Seals in Collaboration with the AFT.

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