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CSUN Lecturer Gives Future Teachers Glimpse into Autism

March 28, 2014

Elaine Hall, the author of “Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles in the Classroom,” served as guest lecturer this spring in the Department of Special Education’s Accelerated Collaborative Training Residency (ACT-R) program.

Elaine Hall
Photo by Lee Choo

On a recent evening at California State University, Northridge, Elaine Hall guided nearly 30 special education teachers through a lesson on what it’s like to be autistic.

“Now, close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and out and now explore your senses,” Hall instructed. “First touch. … Listen. What do you hear? … Taste … Smell … Open your eyes … Now, explore them all at once.

“Imagine feeling like this and being asked to pay attention and connect,” said Hall, scanning the faces and reactions of the disoriented students in the class. “The senses are all colliding. It’s really challenging.”

(Article by Shanté Morgan. Read the full on CSUN Today)