Sounds like you have quite a challenge on your hands. At least you won't have a boring year!
Read their IEP's carefully before you even began to plan and set up your room. Look into their communication skills and needs. Will you need to set up picture exchange systems or other communication methods?
You need to consider many things in your classroom environment. Start with your routine and traffic patterns. Where will the kids start the day and how will they move about the room? Plan on many centers and a leisure area. Bean bags are great. You also need to consider what room will be needed for the OT and PT to have their sessions. Will there be a swing or ball pool in the room? You will need seperate work areas but the kids need to be visible to you/your aides.
I would suggest visiting: [url]http://www.teacch.com/[/url]
TEACCH offers useful ideas, links and training if your school will send you. The site will also help you locate experts in your area.
In your classroom you will be running on 7 different schedules and programs. The kids will need to know where you want them to go, what they need to do, and what they will be doing after they are done. Expect a strong adherence to routine. If you give a student the yellow cup, be ready for the student to expect the yellow cup every time.
You will be working in all areas of the educational realm from school skills through life-skills. Be ready to address each of these areas in small steps with lots of reviews.
Take care of yourself. Give yourself a break at sometime during the day. Being a first year, on your own, in a very challenging classroom will create a huge amount of stress. Don't stay late every night, even though there will always be work that isn't done. There will always be "just one more thing to do". Learn to let it go and get to it tomorrow.
Above all...LEARN TO LAUGH!!!! You will need to do a lot of that this year.
Please ask more questions and feel free to PM me. There are a lot of knowledgable folks here and if you ask questions you will get a lot of great answers.[/b]