Now is the time to transform how we teach students with autism

A 30-year education veteran lays out his vision for how schools can best support this growing population of students

America, we may have a problem. The CDC recently announced new prevalence rates for autism. The increase from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59 children identified as having autism spectrum … Read More

About the Author:

Dr. Gregory Firn is the chief operating officer at RoboKind. With more than 33 years of experience in education, he has done everything from teaching to running entire school districts. Dr. Firn has published several hundred research abstracts and articles on how to improve school systems, how to be a thought leader for emerging trends, and how to implement and manage project-based learning.

Strategies for changing challenging behaviors of students with autism

How should teachers handle hitting, kicking, biting, and head-banging?

“Every individual should be able to access things that they like,” said Monica Fisher, M.Ed., BCBA/COBA, director of the behavior department at Monarch Center for Autism during an edWebinar. “It … Read More

About the Author:

Eileen Belastock, CETL is the director of academic technology for Mount Greylock RSD in Williamstown, Mass. You can follow her on Twitter @EileenBelastock.

Helping students with autism navigate a socially distanced classroom

Some well-planned strategies can help students with autism thrive as school resumes--even with social distancing measures in place

While many educators and students are returning to the familiar classrooms left abruptly in March, teaching this upcoming year will be anything but business as usual. In a recent edWebinar, … Read More

About the Author:

Eileen Belastock, CETL is the Director of Technology and Information for Nauset Public Schools, MA, and also works with to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars. You can follow Eileen on Twitter @EileenBelastock.

How individualized supports for students with autism promote success in the mainstream classroom

These academic and social strategies can help teachers set up their classrooms for success for all

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, at its heart, a processing disorder. And while the students with ASD face a variety of challenges depending on where they fall on the spectrum, … Read More

About the Author:

Stacey Pusey is an education communications consultant and writer. She assists education organizations with content strategy and teaches writing at the college level. Pusey has worked in the preK-12 education world for 20 years, spending time on school management and working for education associations including the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group. She is working with as a marketing communications advisor and writer.

Inclusivity: Ensuring all students count

It’s important to document the school year in a way that includes equal representation for students with special needs

No matter age or ability, it’s critical that schools make inclusivity a priority for all students. Parents often struggle to find inclusive environments for kids with special needs, which limits … Read More

About the Author:

Kristina Cruz is Head of Marketing at TreeRing and has over 15 years of marketing and leadership experience and loves ensuring inclusion through yearbooks. TreeRing gives schools the flexibility they need and students the personalization they want to build their best yearbook ever.

How AR can help students with special needs

AR can be a stepping stone to a more inclusive learning experience for students with special needs

According to the World Health Organization, around 15 percent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability or special educational needs—and of that 15 percent, 2 to 4 … Read More

About the Author:

Ciarán Mather is a journalist and author from Ireland. He is a regular contributor with and The Kildare Nationalist, and a former writer for He has a vested interest in science, tech, entertainment, mental health, and special education awareness.

Digital teaching for students in special education

With learning happening online and at home, students in special education have unique needs that can be creatively addressed with digital tools

For more than seven years, I worked in a fully online public school that served general education and special education students in kindergarten through high school. During my teaching time, … Read More

About the Author:

Kimberly Coy, Ph.D., worked in a completely online public school for over seven years, kindergarten through high school, general and special education. She was part of developing the program and delivery. She holds a Ph.D. in digital learning and special education with an emphasis in Universal Design for Learning. She has done research and published extensively in this area.

For students with special needs, class is still in session–online

Online learning is a big adjustment for most students, but these four strategies can help students with special needs adjust

For the past 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to help students with special needs receive the high-quality education they deserve. During this time, I’ve guided them and their families as … Read More

About the Author:

Jenny Kendall is the Senior Director of Special Programs at K12 Inc. Prior to joining K12, Jenny taught students with disabilities in grades K-12; and for ten years, she served adults with disabilities in independent living situations.

3 ways to improve special education outcomes

By collecting and using data more intelligently, we can plan special education strategies that drive real, systemic improvement

When you combine a steady growth in the number of students receiving special education services with rising expectations for the educators who serve these students, all of whom have very … Read More

About the Author:

Andrew Henry is the founder of Red Cedar Software Group and the creator of Stepwell, a web-based platform that helps drive continuous improvement in special education with automated best practices and on-demand access to the right data.