On Beat the Heat Day 1, Christine Reeve will be presenting her workshop: Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja. Students with autism spectrum disorder need to be educated in well-structured environments that use routines to increase predictability. This presentation will cover the essential elements of setting up classroom spaces that suit the need of the individual and the full class. The session will begin with strategies for getting to know your students and their needs. From that knowledge, Teaching Intervention Plans (TIP) will be reviewed as a method for planning the instruction, activities and data collection needs of each student. This part will include an in-depth discussion of needs for instruction and data collection with examples shared for a variety of needs. Once the teacher has a thorough understanding of the needs of each student, that knowledge leads into the development of the classroom schedule. We will discuss methods of assuring that classroom schedules are manageable for the teacher while meeting the individual and group needs in the room. Methods for including and teaching independence, as well as increasing engagement in group activities, will be discussed.
Next we will explore how to design the physical environment of the classroom including how to arrange the furniture, visual supports, and materials to support the learning of the students. Tips and tricks for how the physical environment affects instruction will be shared. The last part of the session will focus on building classroom teams among the staff to facilitate instruction and engagement with students throughout the day. Methods for building a classroom vision and developing a staff zoning plan, as well as troubleshooting potential problems with classroom teams will finish out the day.
Register for Beat the Heat 2017 and attend her full day in-depth session.
Christine Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, has almost 30 years of professional experience in a variety of settings, including community outreach, academic, education, and clinic settings serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Christine provides consultation and training on classroom design, educational programming, assessing and intervening with challenging behaviors, and applied behavior analysis teaching strategies, and she creates educational materials for special education classrooms. She serves as a reviewer for two professional journals. Christine has also authored several books for children and is the co-author of Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Building Independence: Structured Work Systems for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Taming the Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. She maintains an active blog for teachers serving students in special education, AutismClassroomResources.com.
We are thrilled to welcome Christine to ESC Region 13 and central Texas!
To see Christine or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop ID SU1734208.