Since I began teaching students with Autism, I've focused on life skills, adaptive skills and functional academics. Depending on the needs, age and ability of my students, I've used the TEACCH method to teach skills that can be translated into job skills or I've based my curriculum on The Syracuse Community-Referenced Curriculum Guide.
In my current position, all of my academic units are based on functional, adaptive and life skills. I believe that the best way to teach students with Autism academics is to teach them through functional skills. I use functional skills almost exclusively to teach all subjects. I understand the importance of these skills for employment, post-secondary education and independent living, which is why I strive to incorporate them into my teaching.