Online Learning for Students with Autism: Promising Practices and Potential Pitfalls
Students enroll in online learning courses for a variety of reasons including to avoid anxiety-inducing or uncomfortable social settings. Enrollment in Minnesota’s online learning programs by students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is higher than average and is trending up over time. In an effort to find out more about the opportunities and challenges for online programs serving students with ASD, a practitioner’s group was established to examine enrollment trends, promising practices and supports, and student outcomes. We will share what’s emerging from this work including practical information for teachers around effective practice and discuss some of the challenging questions that remain.