Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Koel-Turner, Charlene


The purpose of this study is to explore the different types of calming strategies that can be used to help children with autism spectrum disorders. There are many different types of calming strategies reviewed because individuals with autism are all unique and have many different kinds of needs. Different strategies are discussed to meet individual needs of an individual on the autism spectrum. The benefits of using different methods to calm students are defined throughout this paper. A detailed definition of terms is listed to better understand vocabulary within the paper. Three different areas, such as lack of communication skills, lack of social skills, and the presence of atypical behaviors are discussed. A brief history of autism spectrum disorder is explored. The benefits of calming strategies are discussed. This thesis discusses considerations for interventions and strategies for children with ASD and how programs must be individualized. It discusses the importance of meeting each person’s individual needs with autism. Future implications are reviewed.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis