FB2-A: Creating a Supportive and Friendly ASD Classroom for Students in K-2

We’re all familiar with the saying “it takes a village” when referring to raising and caring for our children. That saying also applies to the school environment and this presentation will outline the process taken at Taylor County Primary School to better support our students. Various strategies will be highlighted to help support a student’s individual learning style and ways to help bring resources and training to school staff, so they feel more empowered to support students. We will describe techniques we used to help students calm their emotions and self-soothe, discuss how we created alternative workspaces and social narratives to help explain concepts, transitions, and address expected behaviors. The other half of this journey is about creating an inclusive school environment. We address finding qualified paras and support staff and implementing training and using immersive modeling to teach them strategies while providing access to outside supports that they can speak to, such as FSU CARD. By attending this presentation, we hope to inspire others to create a “village” within their own school where students and staff feel supported in the classroom and beyond!

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Participants will be able to identify three strategies they can implement within their classroom.
  2. Participants will be able to identify outside agencies that can help support classrooms and families.
  3. Participants will be able to identify ways to engage administration, paraprofessionals, and other support staff to utilize best practices within the classroom and the entire school environment.
Early Childhood Education Transition

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