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Improving Behavior Outcomes for Students with Autism —How Visual Supports Can Help

Presented By :

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP
Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP
Lauren Fuhr
Lauren Fuhr

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Presented By: Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP / Lauren Fuhr

For many students with autism, abstract learning can cause a high level of frustration and behaviors. Visual supports can help ease those frustrations and improve behavior.

A “Visual” is really anything your eye can see including schedules, visual choices, lists, videos, and engaging curriculum! These are:

  • Concrete
  • Stay in place long enough to process
  • Show details
  • Allow students to review again and again if needed.

Working in special education, you may be aware that most students with autism respond well to visuals.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from experienced special educators who work with autistic and other neurodiverse students.

  • Mo Buti, owner of Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism
  • Lauren Fuhr, a special education teacher using Readtopia in her autism classroom.

Together, they will share specific visual supports and strategies to reduce off-task behaviors and increase engagement and learning using examples and resources from Readtopia. Come see how:

  • Video lessons provide visual foundations for world knowledge
  • Graphic Novels hold a reader’s attention (differentiated at up to 7 readability levels from Emergent to Conventional readers)
  • Text Type lessons make visual connections to Science and Social Studies content (Maps, Graphs, Timelines, Photographs, Charts, Illustrations)

About the Presenter

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP
Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-Admin, QIDP

is a practiced professional in the field of special education providing services and support to those with disabilities and their families and schools for over 31 years. She managed autism programs and services for over 6,000 students as Director of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities at Chicago Public Schools. She was also a special education teacher, an autism itinerant and a special education administrator. She is now the owner of AiepA: Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism.

Lauren Fuhr
Lauren Fuhr

is a Special Education Teacher with CHSD218 in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She has been a teacher for students with complex learning needs for 13 years. Lauren started implementing Readtopia during the beginning of the pandemic to best meet her students’ various needs through E-Learning and continues to use it for in-person instruction.

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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