Special IEP Considerations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Special IEP Considerations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In 2006, the Massachusetts legislature amended state law to require IEP Teams of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to consider and “specifically address” the following eight areas of development:

  • the verbal and nonverbal communication needs of the child;
  • the need to develop social interaction skills and proficiencies;
  • the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing;
  • the needs resulting from the child’s unusual responses to sensory experiences;
  • the needs resulting from resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines;
  • the needs resulting from engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements;
  • the need for any positive behavioral interventions, strategies, and supports to address any behavioral difficulties resulting from autism spectrum disorder;
  • and other needs resulting from the child’s disability that impact progress in the general curriculum, including social and emotional development.

If you have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, make sure your child’s IEP Team takes the time to discuss each of these eight areas of development – and to amend your child’s IEP if he or she needs additional support.

Want to read more?  Here are some useful links:

  • To find the complete text of Chapter 71B, please click here
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued a detailed advisory concerning this portion of the law, which can be found here