Welcoming the Student on the Autistic Spectrum into the Legal Writing Classroom
The Second Draft, Vol. 22, p. 13, Spring 2008
1 Pages Posted: 8 May 2009
As the increasing incidence of autistic spectrum conditions makes its way into the United States consciousness, educators turn their thoughts to the process of teaching these differently-abled students. Students on the autistic spectrum, primarily with Asperger’s Syndrome, are entering law schools at an increasing rate. While having above-normal or normal intelligence, these students may experience difficulties interacting socially and interpreting communications, which presents challenges to the student entering law school and for those teaching him or her. In this Article, the author shares techniques she has developed in her endeavor over the past few years to become a better teacher to students with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Keywords: legal education, autistic spectrum condition, autistic students, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, disabilities, special education, higher education, social interaction, student-professor interaction
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