This week I was profoundly changed by a workshop here at Teachers College. Kelly Chandler-Alcott and Paula Kluth presented a workshop to support teachers who work with students diagnosed on the PDD spectrum. One of the many things we learned was to be open to various ways students communicate with us and to seek out news ways for them to have their voices heard. One of my favorite parts of the day was a short clip where we were able to hear the ideas and perspectives from a 7th grade student. I'll share it with you in the link below.
To view this at the Storycorps site, click here.
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Paula and Kelly also shared some concrete ways to adapt things like read aloud for students with autism. You can find some of these suggestions at Paula's website.