Elementary Classroom Intervention
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
A special education teacher and/or a trained therapist often perform the ABA intervention. In elementary school classrooms, teachers can employ some of the same techniques suggested in the ABA treatment. Classroom teachers can start with relatively small tasks such as having students respond to basic requests made by an adult (Eikeseth et al., 2002; Sallows & Graupner, 2005). The small tasks can also be taught by using brief, simple instructions (Sallows & Graupner, 2005). Expressive language may also be a focus for students with ASD. Teachers can incorporate imitation training (nonverbal then verbal), and then begin with single sound and later words (Sallows & Graupner, 2005).
Working with students on play is another important characteristic that teachers can employ in early …show more content…
Visual strategies, multiple choice lists, illustrations, creative outlets for communication and video modeling for hard-to-teach concepts can be added to the current curriculum in schools (Reaven et al., 2012). Children’s strengths and special interests should be incorporated within the school environment and curriculum in order to enhance student motivation and success (Reaven et al., 2012). Increased parental involvement and awareness of school activities can increase generalizations (Reaven et al., 2011; Reaven et al., 2012; White et al.,