August 10th – The Hidden Curriculum
The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be. This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life.
The Hidden Curriculum book
August 11th – The Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS)
This comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system allows educators to understand how and when to implement an instructional program for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The CAPS model answers the questions (a) What supports does my student/child need in each class to be successful? (b) What goals is my student/child working on? And (c) Is there a thoughtful sequence to the student’s/child’s day that matches his learning style? The structure of this innovative tool ensures consistent use of supports to ensure student success as well as data collection to measure that success.
Comprehensive Autism Planning System book
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger Syndrome and autism. She has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism.
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