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Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders for their Future


by Hsu-Min Chiang — April 26, 2012

Students with autism spectrum disorders are characterized by social communication impairments and stereotyped and repetitive behaviors and interests. Cognitive ability, adaptive behavior, and social communication skills vary across students on the autism spectrum; some individuals have average to above average IQs (e.g., individuals with high-functioning autism, individuals with Asperger syndrome). However, education for students with autism spectrum disorders has often emphasized their weaknesses with little emphasis on their strengths. Educational goals for students with autism spectrum disorders are often limited to what a student will learn within an academic year. Most children with typical development are often asked by their teachers, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But, children with autism spectrum disorders are seldom given the opportunity to express their career aspirations.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 26, 2012
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16765, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 2:10:40 AM

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  • Hsu-Min Chiang
    Teachers College
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    HSU-MIN CHIANG is an Assistant Professor in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Teachers College Columbia University. She has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in special education. Her research focuses on social communication skills, challenging behaviors, cultural differences, academic skills (reading and math), and postsecondary outcomes in individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as culturally responsive interventions and teacher preparation for these individuals and their families.
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