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Defined rules and routines are important components of educational programming for all students, but particularly for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), whose learning differences may present challenges in understanding expectations. This module presents strategies for designing and implementing rules and routines to support students with ASD and promote success in school, home, work, and the community.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 14 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Describe the importance of establishing rules and routines for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the school environment
  2. Describe strategies for creating and implementing rules and routines

Module Authors

Christi Carnahan, Ed.D.

Dr. Christina R. Carnahan is associate professor of special education in the School of Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Research interests include literacy, communication interventions and effective instructional practices for individuals with complex communication and behavior disorders. Dr. Carnahan has published in the Exceptional Children, Journal of Special Education, and Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is also the co-author of two books including Quality Literacy Instruction for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Facilitating Evidence Based Practice for Students with ASD.

Kate Snyder

Dr. Kate Snyder is the Special Advisor, Teaching & Learning at Nova Scotia Community College where she works with faculty, staff, and administration to integrate equitable teaching and learning practices. Kate came to NSCC in 2015 in the role of Universal Design for Learning Specialist from her previous position as Assistant Professor of Education at Springfield College in Springfield, MA, where she was engaged in exploring innovative models of teacher preparation and professional development. Kate has spent her career dedicated to research and practice that ensures all students have access to exceptional educational experiences.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was developed by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

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