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Presentation or Panel Title

Autism: A Common Disorder That Will One Day Be Fully Understood Academically and Socially

Location

Guzman 112

Start Date

4-14-2016 7:00 PM

End Date

4-14-2016 7:15 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Rosemarie Michaels, ED.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that significantly affects an individual’s verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as social comprehension and interaction, and impacts their academic performance. An outcome resulting from these obstacles is that students with ASD and other co-occurring disabilities lack the ability to develop and master essential academic and social skills, comprehend and identify social cues and react appropriately, perform academically, and retain community inclusion within the classroom. Thus, the purpose of this study is to analyze several methods designed to assist students with ASD through academic, social, and personal aspects that exist within their lives, and provide a resource to educators of students diagnosed on the range of ASD. This study will address the following research question: How does ASD affect one’s academic and social learning abilities, and what are the best methods to enhance these abilities in serving students diagnosed with ASD? To attain knowledge pertaining to the research question, the researcher gathered data in two ways, through observations of two classrooms in a preschool and elementary school located within the San Francisco Bay Area, and interviews conducted with the director of the special education department of a school district also located within the San Francisco Bay Area, and a special education teacher who is simultaneously the deputy principal at another California elementary school. I anticipate the results to convey a wide variety of approaches and strategies that can be manipulated to best aid students diagnosed on the range of ASD, develop and obtain mastery of essential skills academically, socially, and personally.

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Autism: A Common Disorder That Will One Day Be Fully Understood Academically and Socially

Guzman 112

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that significantly affects an individual’s verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as social comprehension and interaction, and impacts their academic performance. An outcome resulting from these obstacles is that students with ASD and other co-occurring disabilities lack the ability to develop and master essential academic and social skills, comprehend and identify social cues and react appropriately, perform academically, and retain community inclusion within the classroom. Thus, the purpose of this study is to analyze several methods designed to assist students with ASD through academic, social, and personal aspects that exist within their lives, and provide a resource to educators of students diagnosed on the range of ASD. This study will address the following research question: How does ASD affect one’s academic and social learning abilities, and what are the best methods to enhance these abilities in serving students diagnosed with ASD? To attain knowledge pertaining to the research question, the researcher gathered data in two ways, through observations of two classrooms in a preschool and elementary school located within the San Francisco Bay Area, and interviews conducted with the director of the special education department of a school district also located within the San Francisco Bay Area, and a special education teacher who is simultaneously the deputy principal at another California elementary school. I anticipate the results to convey a wide variety of approaches and strategies that can be manipulated to best aid students diagnosed on the range of ASD, develop and obtain mastery of essential skills academically, socially, and personally.