Children and Teens on the autism spectrum—even those who are very smart and enjoy learning—often find school very challenging. They may find it difficult to deal with the sensory environment (noises, lights, smells), with social demands (working in groups, and unstructured times of day), and with gross and fine motor tasks. It may be hard for them to remain attentive, organized, and calm throughout a long, varied school day.

Educators work incredibly hard each day to try and help all their students learn. Let AANE help you help your students.

**AANE provides continuing education and professional development credits for social workers, educators, licensed mental health clinicians, psychologists, and physicians at specified conferences, trainings, and other programs. See program descriptions for details.**

Essential Resources and Information:

Strategies and Support for Students

Educator’s Toolbox
Transition to Adulthood
First-Person Stories

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Training and Consultation for Professionals
Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association
Speakers Bureau: Individuals on the spectrum available to present on different aspects of the Asperger/autism experience.
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