College Classroom Management Strategies with a Student with Asperger’s
January 14, 2013 2:50 PM Subscribe
How do I best manage a discussion-based course where one student speaks out too frequently because of Asperger’s? I teach university courses at a school with small class sizes of approximately 10 students. One of my students this semester has Asperger’s and speaks out too frequently—usually on topic but usually to share a personal experience with the topic rather than to move the discussion forward.
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I’ve taught other students with Asperger’s before and had success with small group activities for most discussions, but with a class this small, I can do that only so much because they should benefit from larger group discussions. I plan to meet with this student later this week to talk about learning strategies that are effective for him/her, but how else should I approach this issue? The university's disability officer has been helpful about standard accommodations but less helpful with teaching and classroom management strategies. The student has self-disclosed the disability to the class.
If you are a professor or teacher, how have you handled similar situations? What do you wish you’d done differently? If you were the student, how would you wish your professors handled it? If you were in a class where this was happening, what do you wish the professor had done to make sure everyone had a positive learning experience while treating everyone with dignity? I’m afraid some of the student’s classmates are intolerant of this student’s differences. I want this student (and all students) to have a positive experience in my class. Thank you for your help.