Introduction to Educating Elementary School Students with Asperger Profiles
The Educational Team
Major decisions about a student’s program will be made by a team of educators and parents working together. Parents are integral members of the educational team.
For a student to survive and thrive in a regular classroom, the team must have:
A team leader: an educator who has authority within the school building.
An Asperger/Autism-knowledgeable staff person or consultant, to provide guidance around behavioral, social/emotional, communication, executive function, and learning issues.
Regularly scheduled and effective communication among parents, educators, and consultants.
Other team members may include the following, working directly with the student and/or advising the team:
- An Occupational Therapist (OT) and Physical Therapist (PT) to address the student’s sensory and motor issues.
- A Resource Room or Learning Center teacher, classroom instructional aide or paraprofessional to help the student with executive functioning, emotional regulation, and social coaching.
- A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for instruction in social pragmatic language, social skills, and social communication.
- A guidance/adjustment counselor, school social worker, or school psychologist to provide emotional regulation and perspective taking instruction and coaching.
- Outside specialists such as, neuropsychologists, educational consultants, therapists, or social skills group leaders may consult with the team as needed.