Monday, July 21, 2014

How do you accommodate a complex information processing disorder?

How do you accommodate a complex information processing disorder? Here are some of neurologist Nancy Minshew’s findings about individuals on the autistic spectrum, including those with normal to above-normal IQ‪‬s:

  • In autistic individuals, there is “a problem with the brain’s fundamental mechanisms for processing complex information.”
  • There are “deficits across multiple domains that selectively involved higher-order abilities that involve the processing of complex information”
  • Particularly impaired: “higher-order language comprehension” and “mental inferencing.”
Here, meanwhile, are some of the Common Core Standards that all children are expected to meet, with “appropriate accommodations”:

For 5th grade:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
For 8th grade:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
And, for grades 11-12
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
So, if we want autistic students to graduate from high school, what are the appropriate accommodations?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shoot me now. I scored 800 on the English SAT and 5 on the AP English test (yes, many years ago) and this approach would have flummoxed me.