Riding the Bus with Students with Autism

Riding The Bus With My Students

A few months ago, while winter weather was still very much alive and well, I was asked to help out with a trip to the Museum of Science. There is a “strand” at my school for students with autism. The middle school classroom has about nine students in it, with a head teacher, two paraprofessionals and one fellow like me. The fellow is great at recruiting the rest of us to help out with field trips and special events that the head teacher puts on for the students so I signed up, albeit with some reservations since I don’t have much experience working with students with autism.

Routine and schedule are important for students with autism; I was told they don’t like surprises. So I got to the classroom with time to spare so I could be introduced and the schedule for the day could be laid out. We’d be taking a…

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