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High on the Spectrum: Helping Students with Asperger's and Milder Forms of Autism Succeed in the Inclusive Classroom - UNLIMITED ACCESS DVD


Grades K-12

What You Will Learn:

Only 12% of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, and only 10% of adults with autism are permanently employed.  Fewer still live independently.  The inclusive classroom can help remove the stigma of special ed, and is designed to prepare these students for life after school by boosting their confidence level, helping them learn age-appropriate social skills and enabling them to make friends with students without disabilities.  But mainstreaming brings its own challenges for educators in the general ed environment.

This webinar will provide essential information for administrators, counselors and teachers in the general education environment who are tasked with working with students with milder forms of autism – including high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and nonverbal learning disorder.  School success is critical for young people who are “high on the autism spectrum.”  This “equipping” webinar will give educators in various roles the understanding and skills and strategies to help them succeed. 

Common challenges for those with high-on-the-spectrum traits include:

  • Communication barriers
  • Depression and anxiety resulting from feeling different
  • Social interaction problems with peers
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Attention issues—hyperfocusing
  • High verbal intelligence vs. low performance intelligence
  • Imposition of routines and interests on self and others
  • Speech and language problems
  • Academic, social and behavioral delays

Webinar Objectives:

  • Gain a working understanding of similarities and differences between high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and nonverbal learning disability.
  • Recognize how to screen for “high-on-the-spectrum” disorders and make appropriate referrals for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Understand the connection between sensory integration dysfunction and “high-on-the-spectrum” disorders.
  • Learn how to explain Asperger’s and milder forms of autism to young people in an understandable, positive and caring way.
  • Appreciate the grief process related to milder forms of autism.
  • Grasp how the world looks through the lens of youth who are high on the spectrum.
  • Learn target behaviors to instill in these young people using social skills coaching
  • Develop specific accommodations and strategies to encourage academic success.
  • Build a positive school climate and caring community to support youth with mild forms of Autism.

Who Should Attend:

  • School Counselors
  • Counselors in Agencies and Private Practice
  • Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Social Workers (all levels)
  • Community-based Youth Workers
  • After-School Program Coordinators
  • At-Risk Coordinators

You Will Also Receive:

To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.

About the Presenter:

Tip Frank is a long time educator who recently retired from the public schools. He taught middle school and elementary students for seven years before serving as a school counselor for twenty-six years. Tip is currently a child/adolescent and family therapist. He has had an active private counseling practice for nearly twenty years. Tip is the author or coauthor of a number of books including his latest called High on the Spectrum. Tip has had the privilege of speaking on various youth issues around the United States and Canada.


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