I found this great post through Autisable called Setting Up an Autism Classroom on a Budget that has pretty good and well-explained tips on how to set up an Autism friendly classroom on a budget. I think it actually makes perfect sense to publish it now, as you need to have an eye out for yard sales and store sales over the summer.
Other useful articles on setting up a classroom for ASD children:
Autism Classroom Organization
12 Tips for setting up an autism friendly classroom
Just a few random thoughts of my own:
*For goodness sake, keep the globes out of reach when wanting ASD children/teens to focus! I mean, maybe it’s just me, but when I’m around a globe, I don’t give a darn about what a teacher is saying. Seriously, in preschool you probably found me playing with the globe. And what happened in high school when the teacher handed out globes? Yep, spinning! You see in the movies when people go “Ooo, shiny”? It’s kinda like that, except “Ooo, spin!”
*What on Earth is with giving people the wrong size chairs/desks? If a person can’t *sit* without discomfort, how do you expect them to get anything done? I’ve gone in classrooms where I’ve been offered a chair not close to the right size. I actually notice in both myself and the kids in Sunday School that beanbags are easier, but that’s not always possible.
*I love when the teacher has a schedule. Even when I took dual enrollment English (basically, college English in high school) I loved having a syllabus to know what was happening, when. I wasn’t great at creating my own schedules, but they were appreciated. (Even when I insisted I hated them, I needed them)