What If You Could Design a Brand-New Classroom for Kids With ASD?

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What if you could completely design your own classroom to have meaning and purpose for students with autism?
Oftentimes, teachers have to make do with their classrooms. Occasionally they get lucky with an exceptional room. But for special education teacher Laura Merkle, a unique opportunity arose this year.
Laura got to start from scratch by setting up a brand-new community classroom to best serve the needs of her K2 students. Her school built the new space as an addition, which gave her the chance to try out some guidelines from S. B. Linton’s How to Set Up a Classroom for Students With Autism.
Because kids with autism depend on schedules to maintain consistency, “the schedule wall is the hub of the classroom,” Laura writes. There’s also a kitchen area for sensory and life skills activities, a work area with individualized work stations, a play area for toys and games, and a break room with bean bags, pillows, a tiny tent, and other tools to help students find peace when they feel like they need a break.
Head on over to The Primary ASD Community Class for details and photos of each space created especially for kids on the spectrum. Also check out Laura’s posts about the TEACCH approach, strategies for teaching social skills, and her Top 10 ED Tools.
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