Teaching Students with Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome

Students in an auditorium classroom.
Teachers of all subjects must familiarize themselves with the specific needs of the students in their classrooms, especially in the case of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Asperger’s syndrome because students may vary greatly in the degree to which they are affected by these disabilities. This four-page fact sheet explains the differences between autism and Asperger’s syndrome and how instructors can modify their lessons to effectively meet the needs of learners with these disabilities in different types of learning environments and achieve greater classroom success for the educator and the learner. Written by Sara E. LaRose and Andrew C. Thoron, and published by the Agricultural Education and Communication Department.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Diet (FCS8991/FY1258)

Figure 1. Scientists have begun to research the effects of diet on ASD, but to date no one dietary approach has been found to significantly improve ASD symptoms.There are thousands of Internet sites about ASD and diet, but much of the information has no scientific proof. If you are considering making changes to your child’s diet, the information in this 4-page fact sheet will help you to understand the potential risks and benefits of these changes. Written by Michelle A. Zitt, Karla P. Shelnutt, and Gail P. A. Kauwell, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, March 2012.