Seven Steps for Setting up a Stellar Autism Classroom: Organization and Planning

Organization and Planning

It’s a daunting tasks setting up an autism classroom or appropriately integrating students with autism in to general education setting. Students with autism are all so different and have a vast array of needs. Many of these learners need to be taught individually. It can seem impossible to effectively teach a group of such different students when so many of us our understaffed. Before starting to set up the physical structure of your room or making any schedules, you need to plan out what your students will be working on, how they will be working on these tasks, and what types of centers your classroom needs.

Sit down with all of your student’s IEP goals. Start to figure out which students have similar goals and could be grouped together. Also – how many adults do you have? Is it you by yourself? Do you have aides? Are any aides assigned to only one student? That’s key. If you have aides assigned to your whole classroom- make sure you have centers that they can run! Here are some things to consider:

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2. Classroom Structure

3. Schedules

4. Visuals

5. Data

6. Work Tasks, Academic Work, and IEP Goals

7. Communication