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How To Adapt Lessons

Presentation of lessons which are planned for the rest of the class may not be appropriate to the ability of your student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). When this is the case, the teacher can adapt the task to make it suitable for the student. Choosing which adaptations to make is a professional judgement based on knowledge of the individual student.

When adapting learning tasks, there are multiple ways forward. The methods chosen will depend on the student’s support needs. Below is list of some changes that may be considered. These alterations can be made in conjunction with each other - it is sometimes the case that a student will benefit from a combination of several adaptations.

This list of adjustments is adapted from Kaweski, W. 2011 Teaching Adolescents with Autism: Practical Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom, Corwin, California