Case Study for Autism

13506 Words Nov 23rd, 2011 55 Pages
Case Study: Effective Teaching Strategies for a Student with
Asperger’s in the General Educational Classroom Elizabeth Addington Durgin George Mason University
Abstract
At a training session in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), statistics were shared of the number of students in the school system with an ASD diagnosis. It has become the third most common childhood illness. In the LCPS 10.6% of Individualized Education Programs (IEP) are dedicated to students with Autism (Buswell, 2009). These figures indicate teachers need to understand how to modify teaching strategies to empower these students to succeed. Characteristics of students with autism all share developmental delays in three
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Economically disadvantaged is defined by how many students qualify for the federally subsidized meal program. The neighborhood surrounding the school is somewhat diverse; the population of the school is 45 % Hispanic (382), 29% white (247), 15% Asian or Pacific-Isle (128), 9% black (77), and 2% not specified (19) for a total of 856 students. There are 101 teachers on staff at the school. The middle school serves sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Each grade or house has its own dean and counselor. The deans and counselors rotate with the grade level so they spend three years with their same students, allowing them to build closer relationships. With the arrival of a new principal in the summer of 2008, the school personnel received a new blueprint of expectations and committee assignments. This past year, the school reached it’s goal of becoming fully accredited based on the SOL testing scores and the standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act. The subsection of students with disabilities met the Virginia Department of Education Yearly Progress goals as well (Virginia Department of Education (VDOE, 2009) (See Appendix 4 for additional details).
Special Education Services and Size of Program Casey is in the eighth grade with 300 other eighth graders. Currently, there are 105 students (12% of the total population) enrolled in special education

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