A number of strategies exist to help students with autism transition to the post-high school world

autism-secondaryTransitioning to higher education or the workforce is a challenge for most K-12 students, but it can be more challenging for students with autism as they learn to navigate new environments.

Educators can use a number of instructional strategies to help their secondary students with autism prepare for the transition out of high school and into higher education or the workforce.

When focusing on middle and high school, the instructional focus should be on the skills that students will need to find employment, said Joel Arick, Professor Emeritus at Portland State University and an educator, researcher, and trainer in the field of autism for more than 30 years. Arick is the lead author of the Strategies for Teaching based-on Autism Research Program and Links Curriculum.

Part of that instruction lies in establishing routines.

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