Practical Strategies for Supporting Emotional Regulation in Students with Autism: Enhancing Engagement and Learning in the Classroom

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Leslie Blome, Maureen Zelle

Practical Strategies for Supporting Emotional Regulation in Students with Autism
128 pages
ISBN: 9781785927782

For professionals who work with students on the autism spectrum in inclusive classroom settings, supporting emotional regulation is key. This practical guide outlines cognitive and language strategies that support emotional regulation, which the authors have found successful with their students with autism, supported by research that shows why they work.

The focus in this book is on the emotional state of the child as opposed to controlling behaviours. The guidelines and strategies provided help students with prediction and make the expectations of them clear, empowering children by giving them choices. Examples of how to use each strategy are given, alongside tips for application. The book also includes sample goals for regulation, information on therapy techniques that work and a 'cheat sheet' overview of the strategies, creating a clear and concise guide to engaging and enhancing learning in the classroom.

Table of Contents

  1. Three Guidelines

2 Sensory Strategy Overview

SECTION I Show and Tell

3. Modelling

4. Show How Many / Show How Long

5. Verbalise a Rule; SECTION II Moving On

6. First/Then

7. Offer a Choice

8. I Start/You Finish

SECTION III Helping Hands

9. Simple Tasks

10. Incentive Charts

11. Visual Schedules

SECTION IV One More Thing

12 Techniques

References; Appendix A - Strategies At a Glance

Appendix B - Techniques At a Glance

Appendix C - Proposed IEP Goals for Regulation

Appendix D - Sample Situations Using Our Strategies