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Teaching Autism Awareness with Harry Potter: An Integrated, Fifth Grade, California Common Core State Standards Unit

The prevalence of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased to 1 in 68 as of 2012. In 2013, only 39.7% of students with ASD spent 80% or more of their day within a general education class. ASD is the name for a group of developmental disorders which may not manifest in observable physical characteristics. With this substantial number of students being diagnosed with ASD, and with the disorder not being a visually obvious, it is important to create inclusive environments within the school setting based upon understanding and acceptance, to ease the transition for school districts attempting to increase the percentage of time individuals diagnosed with ASD spend within a general education class. Review of literature supports the efficacy of programs which provide education on the characteristics of target disabilities. A Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based autism awareness unit, entitled Advanced Friendship Making: The Magic of Awareness, has been created to educate 5th grade students on ASD using literary themes from the age-appropriate Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.

The prevalence of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased to 1 in 68 as of 2012. In 2013, only 39.7% of students with ASD spent 80% or more of their day within a general education class. ASD is the name for a group of developmental disorders which may not manifest in observable physical characteristics. With this substantial number of students being diagnosed with ASD, and with the disorder not being a visually obvious, it is important to create inclusive environments within the school setting based upon understanding and acceptance, to ease the transition for school districts attempting to increase the percentage of time individuals diagnosed with ASD spend within a general education class. Review of literature supports the efficacy of programs which provide education on the characteristics of target disabilities. A Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based autism awareness unit, entitled Advanced Friendship Making: The Magic of Awareness, has been created to educate 5th grade students on ASD using literary themes from the age-appropriate Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.

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