(Supplementary to Chapter 10, Info In, Info Out, in Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students With ASDs)
More Strategies for Supporting Output
→Show Me the Money: Let students demonstrate their understanding of arithmetic skills and math concepts in experiential ways. For example, you might:
Set up a mock store in the classroom so students can demonstrate how they pay and make change.
Plan a Portions Party, for which each student must bring in exactly enough portions of a treat for the class and must thereby demonstrate how a whole is divided into fractions, percentages, or equal parts.
→Too Many is Too Much: Provide students on the spectrum only the materials they need to complete the task at hand. For example, if you give each student a sheet of 20 stickers with which to decorate a name tag, students on the spectrum will likely use every sticker on the sheet, thinking they must use them all to complete the task. Instead, consider giving students on the spectrum only five stickers, helping to keep expectations more clear.
→Echo Check: Check for comprehension often to ensure that students’ verbal responses are not simply echolalic reproductions. Try rephrasing your question or asking students to answer using different words so that you can verify conceptual understanding.
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