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Karlyn Habenstein

Ms. Karlyn Habenstein is an assistant special education teacher at Westport Middle School in Louisville, KY. She has done extensive research in The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Purdue University. She specializes in autism and has worked as an ABA therapist. She is also a personal care and respite provider for those with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is currently working towards obtaining her master's degree in special education. In her spare time, she enjoys creating easy-to-read books for those with low-functioning autism, which can be found on her website. Website: References: Grandin, Temple. (2014). The Autistic Brain: Helping different kinds of minds succeed. New York, New York: First Mariner Books. Jager, Eric. (2015). "Low-Functioning" Autism and Employment. Autism Parenting Magazine, 38. Retrieved from This article was featured in Issue 69 – The Gift of Calm This Season

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As a special education teacher and a caretaker for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I constantly worry about the futures of my students/clients. More specifically, I wonder whether or not they will be able to acquire employment. For some individuals, such as those with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s, there are several vocational training programs […]

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