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Rachel Handmaker

Rachel Handmaker


Autism

Subject or Grade: SPICE Preschool
Room: 106

Rachel.Handmaker@gilbertschools.net



Welcome to SPICE Preschool!

SPICE (Social, Pragmatics, Independence, Communication, and Emotional Regulation)

For children with autism that have more intensive needs, self-contained classes are offered at the preschool, elementary and secondary level. Methodology within these self-contained classes would be driven by each child’s individualized needs and could include a variety of techniques which have demonstrated proven effectiveness for children with autism (e.g. Structured Teaching, Applied Behavior Analysis, Sensory Integration, and Picture Exchange Communication System, etc. 

Students in this class are working on developing skills in a variety of areas. Functional academics are a focus in the classroom. Small group or one-on-one learning sessions are utilized to address communication goals. Needs regarding sensory diets, visual systems, social stories, and environmental manipulation are addressed in the SPICE classroom. Opportunities are utilized to bring in peers from the general education setting to participate in shared learning activities. 

About Me:

My name is Rachel Handmaker and this is my 7th year teaching in special education. I am originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois (GO CUBBIES!) and went to ASU for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees! GO SUN DEVILS! I have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. My passion is working with kiddos on the Autism spectrum and helping their families learn more about different ways they can help their child. Together we all make a great team! This is my first year at Spectrum Elementary, but already feel at home here! Go All Stars! 

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