Practical Solutions for Executive Function Challenges Created by the Unique Learning Styles of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Effective executive functioning skills are essential for students to thrive in an academic setting. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have documented weaknesses in executive function, making school a challenge. Armed with the knowledge of what ASD is, how it affects learning, and what social and cognitive skills are required ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2014
Practical Solutions for Executive Function Challenges Created by the Unique Learning Styles of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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  • Catherine Zenko
    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Disclosures: Financial: Catherine Zenko receives royalties for two books referenced in this article.
    Disclosures: Financial: Catherine Zenko receives royalties for two books referenced in this article.×
  • Nonfinancial: Catherine Zenko has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2014
Practical Solutions for Executive Function Challenges Created by the Unique Learning Styles of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2014, Vol. 15, 141-150. doi:10.1044/sbi15.4.141
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2014, Vol. 15, 141-150. doi:10.1044/sbi15.4.141

Effective executive functioning skills are essential for students to thrive in an academic setting. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have documented weaknesses in executive function, making school a challenge. Armed with the knowledge of what ASD is, how it affects learning, and what social and cognitive skills are required in a classroom setting, school-based SLPs play a key role in creating academic supports for students on the spectrum to be successful. Incorporating both low- and high-tech accommodations and supports that focus on the executive function deficits can help students with ASD reach their academic potential.

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