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Social Skills for Students With Autism and Cognitive Disabilities

In this ongoing course, we will learn how to interact and communicate with our peers and friends through fun "show and share" activities, games, and music.
Mrs. Akins, M.Ed. MA.ELL. D.Ch.Ed.
21 total reviews for this teacher
14 reviews for this class
Completed by 43 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Wed, Sep 28

Meets Once per week
3:00 – 3:45 PM

Next on Wed, Sep 28

Meets Once per week
4:00 – 4:45 PM
3 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

Students will demonstrate appropriate online school social skills and peer interactions with 80% success as measured by the successful participation rubric. 
I have a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, a Masters of Education in Technology and Learning, and a Master of Arts in English Language Learning. I am a licensed special education teacher in the state of Florida and currently teach academics for students with autism and other learning differences in a therapeutic setting. 
Students will be provided with a weekly theme for what they are to bring to class to share with other students each week. For example, one week will be "bring your favorite stuffed animal" week and students will be asked to show their favorite stuffed toy or a picture of their it and talk about it.  The next week could be "wear your favorite shirt week" or "bring your favorite socks to class week."  The class themes will be chosen based upon n the age-range of the class, developmental ability, and interests (obsessions, fascinations). 
Students will bring items for show and tell to each class as listed in the syllabus. Students will sometimes need paper and markers or crayons.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There is not a formal assessment. However, a rubric can be provided upon request so that parents can track their students' participation in the class and know whether or not the child is appropriately engaged in learning. Learning targets will be included. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents should be aware that students with high anxiety, autism, and communication disorders, may express themselves through negative behavior. 

Parents or other responsible adult should be available to their learner to help them navigate the activities and to help prompt and keep students on task.
I will use YouTube music and videos at times that are appropriate for students' developmental levels, in order to elicit participation and conversation. I have permission from the YouTube creators to use their material. 
I use Signing Exact English but only as needed and if a nonverbal student knows to use it. However, I do sign "stop" and "no" and other simple directives from time to time. 
I use PECs as needed and other visual prompts. 


Mrs. Akins, M.Ed. MA.ELL. D.Ch.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Award-Winning Licensed Educator, Elementary and Special Education; Master of Arts Degree in English Speakers of Other Languages; Homeschool Specialist
21 total reviews
17 completed classes

About Me

Greetings from Florida, USA! 

I love and live to teach! I have over 30 years of experience teaching all subjects and all grades. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and two Master's Degrees: one in Learning and Technology and one in... 
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