Supporting General Education Teachers in Addressing the Behavioral Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

As more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is becoming common for general education teachers to have students with this diagnosis in their classrooms. Although teacher preparation programs and professional development support general education teachers in supporting behaviors, many do not address autism spectrum disorder and specific evidence - based strategies such as Applied Behavior Analysis. The purpose of this project is to create a professional development for general education teachers to provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to support the challenging behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder within the general education classroom. This project addresses what autism spectrum disorder is, what behavior is, what applied behavior analysis is, the function of behavior and how to best support these behaviors.