Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Autism while Maintaining Senior Citizens’ Cognition by Utilizing School-Community Business Collaboration

By Johan van der Jagt.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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The purpose of this article is to assist principals to develop a vision of linking the school and the community with emphasis on students with autism using iPads to learn social skills and connecting especially with the elderly and thus closing the intergenerational gap using a progressive business enterprise model. The business enterprise/school store is integrated with inclusive teaching, a Resource and Materials Center including a vocational area, and school volunteers. Students with autism go into the school and community to receive orders and sell store items with iPads. Improved cognitive skills result for both the students and the elderly. Implications are presented.

Keywords: Autism, School Store, Senior Citizens, Social Skills, Communication Technology, Community Business, AD/HD

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.9-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 608.790KB).

Dr. Johan van der Jagt

Assistant Professor, Department of Exceptionalities, College of Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Johan W. van der Jagt is an assistant professor in the Department of Exceptionalities at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. After teaching individuals with exceptionalities for 17 ½ years, he earned his Ph.D. (specialization - LD) and has been teaching at the university level for 14 ½ years. His major interests are in the areas of severe dyslexia, cognition and memory, and interventions for individuals with communication problems across the life-span based on brain-based learning theory - cognition, memory, and development. He has presented at local and international conferences on: storytelling, response to intervention, principals’ perceptions on including foreign language courses in teacher education programs, Alzheimer’s disease and similarities with individuals with exceptionalities, and teaching methodology for students with low socio-economic status. His publications are in the areas of brain hemisphericity, music, and language.