Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Video Summary

Sandy Pih, a special education teacher, explains how the children in her classroom span the full autism spectrum. Some are very high functioning, others lack many skills. She discusses how she structures her classroom for this broad range of children and helps parents deal with newness of their child's diagnosis.

"One thing you find in a lot of children who are on the spectrum is splintered skills they are going to show really great strengths in certain areas and alot of weaknesses in other areas. One of the things we focus on in early interention is drawing upon the strengths (in each child) to stengthen the children's weaknesses. It is really important to do that...we are able to do that because we are in a one to one setting and each of the instructors is able to provide the unique educational experience that each child needs in the classroom."
— Sandy Pih, Special Instructor at the Children's Center


    • Autism-General Information
    • levels of severity in autism
    • Early Intervention (EI)
    • Family Life
    • parenting
    • raising children with autism
    • coping
    • denial
    • impact of diagnosis
    • Learning
    • matching
    • Therapies
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
    • therapy strategies
    • ability to generalize skills
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of vocal expressiveness
    • vocal expressiveness

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