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TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v1 n4 Article 5 Mar 2005

This article presents interview information from parents to educators on the importance of teaching communication to students with autism spectrum disorder. The perspectives of three mothers of children with autism are presented to gain insight to strategies they felt helped their child to improve in the areas of interaction, communication, and behavior. A high school special education teacher/interviewer acted as a participant and includes many observations about these three students. Although this is a small representative sample, several similarities for special needs across parents emerged. In order to preserve the essence of the mothers' perspectives, direct quotes are used throughout this paper. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Mothers, Autism, Interaction, Parent Attitudes, Student Behavior, Communication Skills, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, High Schools, Special Education Teachers, Participant Observation, Males, Interviews

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Author: Hoppe, Sue E.



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