Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
As Chapter 9 of your text states “the number of students identified with ASD has increased over the last few decades. Some people even call ASD an ‘epidemic’” (Powell & Driver, 2013, Chapter 9 Introduction). This increase specifically affects you in the classroom or daycare center because it shows a high likelihood of your encountering children with ASD. Therefore you must understand the disorder as well as the strategies that will support children with ASD in the classroom or center. For this discussion, imagine you are new teacher just learning about ASD.
This discussion has two parts: (Please be sure to include both parts of this in this discussion)
Guided Response: Review several of your peers’ posts. Imagine you are no longer a new teacher, but rather are now mentoring a new teacher. The teacher you are mentoring has come to you asking for advice because a parent of a child who was recently diagnosed with ASD has come to her asking for suggestions on how she can support her child at home. Respond to your peer with support for this parent by including the following tips: What recommendations can be provided to this parent with regards to helping the child academically as well as socially? What resources are available to support this parent? Lastly, how should the classroom teacher support this parent through communication?