Title

Improving Educational Environment For Autism

Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Although all autistic children require special education initially, integration into a “normal” classroom is appropriate for some, broadening their horizon. But teachers in regular classrooms are not typically trained to work with special needs children and cannot devote all their time to the new task since the majority of their students are non-autistic. Thus teachers must be educated about the challenges concerning autism through an accessible, easy-to-use reference kit. A graphically-oriented kit is the best way to achieve this. The kit provides basic information on autism, propose helpful teaching methods, and provide solutions to the environmental distractions that often delay the learning process for autistic children. The educational video addresses these issues in a visual effort to communicate an autistic’s mentality, something a standard reference guide (such as a reference book) cannot accomplish. For maximum accessibility, the kit is composed of a three-dimensional box with an attached flap showing the visual components, which include an educational video and reference manual. The video addresses the manual but as an interactive vehicle. Incorporating this graphically-oriented kit into the classroom reduces confusion and stress for teachers and present a reliable guide for addressing a crisis in the classroom.

Location

George Wilson Hall

Start Date

6-5-2006 9:00 AM

End Date

6-5-2006 10:45 AM

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Improving Educational Environment For Autism

George Wilson Hall

Although all autistic children require special education initially, integration into a “normal” classroom is appropriate for some, broadening their horizon. But teachers in regular classrooms are not typically trained to work with special needs children and cannot devote all their time to the new task since the majority of their students are non-autistic. Thus teachers must be educated about the challenges concerning autism through an accessible, easy-to-use reference kit. A graphically-oriented kit is the best way to achieve this. The kit provides basic information on autism, propose helpful teaching methods, and provide solutions to the environmental distractions that often delay the learning process for autistic children. The educational video addresses these issues in a visual effort to communicate an autistic’s mentality, something a standard reference guide (such as a reference book) cannot accomplish. For maximum accessibility, the kit is composed of a three-dimensional box with an attached flap showing the visual components, which include an educational video and reference manual. The video addresses the manual but as an interactive vehicle. Incorporating this graphically-oriented kit into the classroom reduces confusion and stress for teachers and present a reliable guide for addressing a crisis in the classroom.