As an educator, you may be aware of how your class is constantly changing. It ma

As an educator, you may be aware of how your class is constantly changing. It may be a new classroom location, student demographics, a new set of academic standards, new teachers’ aides, and, of course, a new set of students annually. Because each set of students comes with a varying range of learning styles and individual needs, you should find yourself modifying your teaching approach, and seeking out additional assistance as needed to ensure a fully inclusive learning environment.
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Now imagine that you have a student in your classroom who has been diagnosed with autism. The current Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is not a good fit for your classroom. To ensure the student is receiving the same education as your other students and meeting inclusion standards, you call for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting with the student’s family as well as other key players in the student’s academic and home life. For this professional assignment, you will go through the process of IEP preparation.
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STEP 1: Reflect upon the scenario above and brainstorm three behaviors that you know an autistic student might display in the classroom (e.g., off-task behavior, sound/light sensitivity, repetitive questions). Write them down.
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STEP 2: Begin brainstorming interventions for the behavior/s that you have selected. Write down the interventions as well as the rationale for each intervention you have selected. Why do you think this will work? What is your plan for adapting if it doesn’t work? Consider whether other individuals need to be tapped in order to ensure that the intervention is successful. Who is responsible for implementation? Who will assess progress? Use what you have learned in this class so far, including journal articles you have read on autistic students, and feel free to bring in personal experience you may have with autistic individuals within and outside of the classroom environment.
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STEP 3: Finally, write a one- to a two-page summary about the three behaviors you have selected and the interventions responding to each behavior. Pretend that you will need to show this summary to the individuals at the IEP meeting, so be descriptive and organized as you formulate your plan. Be cognizant of the language you use in your summary, as you will have both educators and non-educators with you during the meeting, so you want everyone to understand the plan.
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a reference page citing any sources you used to assist you in developing your plan.
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