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4. Use a gradual release model for group work- Many students with Asperger’s have difficulty interacting with peers and collaborative group work can be very stressful and frustrating. Ask the child if they would like to work in a group, but do not demand that they do so especially at the beginning of the school year. If the child prefers to work alone, allow them to do so and then ease them into group situations over time and in a very structured manner where all members of the group have a specific role or job to complete. Do not group the Asperger student with aggressive students since many times the Asperger child can be a target for bullying. If your classroom is arranged in groups or tables, ask the student where they would prefer to sit. Some like to sit alone so they can focus and concentrate. Others like to sit near the teacher or in the back of the room. Strategically placing another student that can act as a buddy to assist with note-taking and oral directions will be beneficial. Often times, the child with Asperger’s has short term memory issues and cannot remember more than one direction or command at a time. Giving clear, specific, and concise directions will greatly help the child.
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