Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations

The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known (Garrett, 1984; Hemmings, 2000; Jackson, 1968; Kanpol, 1989). This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being.

The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, but it is not those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life.

Objectives:

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • define the hidden curriculum
  • explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, community, and home
  • identify hidden curriculum areas and items across preschool, middle school, high school, and adulthood

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