Master of Science in Education
Jane M. Leatherman, PhD
Jane M. Leatherman, PhD, Chair, Jeong-il Cho, PhD, Rama Cousik, PhD
Date of Award
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing disability in the United States. Each day more children are being diagnosed somewhere on the spectrum ranging from autism to Asperger's Syndrome and from low functioning to high functioning. This rapid increase in children being diagnosed has had an enormous impact on elementary schools, especially how classroom teachers include students with an ASD. This teacher needs assessment study showed that general education classroom teachers are not prepared to educate a student with an ASD in the classroom. This study determined what knowledge deficits exist for teachers about ASDs and what training and professional development is necessary for teachers to effectively include students with an ASD in the classroom.
Special Education and Teaching
Brittany Rehrer (2013).
Including students with an autism spectrum disorder in the elementary classroom.