Strategic Classroom Intervention Can Make Big Difference for Autism Students

Strategic Classroom Intervention Can Make Big Difference for Autism Students

Special training for teachers may mean big results for students with autism spectrum disorder, according to Florida State University and Emory University researchers. In a new study, children whose teachers received specialized training "were initiating more, participating more, having back-and-forth conversations more, and responding to their teachers and peers more frequently," said researcher Lindee Morgan. Morgan and FSU Autism Institute Director Amy Wetherby were co-principal investigators of a three-year, 60-school study that measured the effectiveness of a curriculum, called SCERTS, designed specifically for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). SCERTS (pronounced "serts") was developed in 2006. It targets...

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