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Online Teaching Practice Assignment #11

As an adult learner who has not taken a Harvard online class before this one, I understand the need for constant support with class expectations and technology. As the parent of a student with autism and a student with ADHD, I understand the need for constant support with content and executive functioning skills.

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Is your Medical Office Staff Autism Friendly? It Matters.

Sensitivity to families with autism should be an important part of the job description for any health care professional. Unfortunately this is not the case. A report commissioned by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) in 2015 highlights this need. “Over 77 percent of primary care physicians, nurses and licensed health care professionals rate their ability to care for someone with autism as poor or fail.”

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How Do I Talk to or Mentor a Teen with Autism?

As a professional and as a parent, I have often been asked how to support teens with autism in all kinds of settings and circumstances. Here are just a few of the things I have suggested to those with little or no “autism experience”…

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Feeling Uncomfortable with Autism

…it is important, even necessary, to teach students with autism to feel uncomfortable. Who taught me this? The keynote speaker, Jonathan Chase, a professional mentor, presenter and consultant based in Portland, Oregon. http://www.jonathanchase.net. He is an autist who shared a personal story to illustrate this point.

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Autism: To Disclose or Not To Disclose?

As a parent and professional in the autism community, I wholeheartedly agree that the time is right for an inclusive work environment. Let me give you a personal story to illustrate this point.

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Mentorship and Autism

The Youth Mentoring Movement is an exciting and necessary one for teens with and without autism. In her 2010 TED talk, “The World needs all kinds of Minds”, https://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds, Temple Grandin stresses the importance of mentorship, especially in the school setting.

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