Top Strategies to Help Support the Learning of Children with Autism

Top Strategies to Help Support the Learning of Children with Autism
17 Dec 2021

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You may be a teacher of a child with autism, a parent, or a sibling. Most children have unique learning needs, communication, and social skills. In addition, the children may have difficulty maintaining focus, especially in an overstimulating environment, and grasping a bigger picture of what they are learning. So, you may need some strategies to help address each of these areas.

Giving Information

You can help in information giving through using visual tools. The information you provide can include the things that are going to happen and when they happen, the choices the child may have, the things that are changing, etc.

Technology can be complicated since there are different visual learners kids. Information can also be given through a visual schedule with a drag-and-drop icon representing various activities students with autism can use to help them understand the things they will do on a specific day. Besides, this can also get done in a paper version, especially for a low-tech approach.

Also, the first-then boards can help the children with autism where you can give the child an option to choose the learning activities regarding certain subjects. Using technology can be vital to educators because everyone can be included in learning since it’s customizable in meeting the needs of the students.

Use Visuals When Teaching

Visual support works well when supporting a child with autism as it acts as a communication channel. You can teach your autistic child or students math concepts using visual examples while paying them with verbal instructions, especially for non-verbal or partially verbal. You can make math fun by teaching them the critical key math concepts for 1st graders, like counting as you play games with cards.

Create a Comfortable Classroom

Some autistic students may be unsuccessful because they do not feel safe in the education environment, especially in their classrooms. Providing them with a safe learning environment can be a ladder towards their success as an education tool. If your student or child has autism, it’s easy for them to learn in a relaxed and safe environment.

Some of the ideas you can use to make them feel comfortable in class include providing them with some sitting options, reducing direct light through opting for projecting light, and minimizing the noises that can distract them.

Treat Them the Way You Treat Other Kids

Since children with autism have some specific needs, every kid has particular needs. Therefore, you need to ensure the children with autism also get the “kid” experience instead of the “autistic kid” experience or some particular special need treatment. It can make a big difference because when you treat them the same way, the autistic child can react the same way other children react, maybe when telling them jokes.

You should not in any way start underestimating the impact you may be having on a child with autism. In cases where you take some time learning some autism-specific strategies and some of the myths, it can make a vital difference. Also, if you are in a situation where a student with autism starts opening up, you can consider it a gift.

Give Choices

When giving the children choices, it may make them feel they have control for their lives and an opportunity where they can get to learn about themselves. In addition, the options can be specifically helpful for the autism students with special needs regarding the learning environment, communication, and the lesson material.

Building choices can get made at any part of the school day. In this case, you can let the students choose the assessment they think is easy for them to complete, the role they feel comfortable taking in a corporate group, and the ways of receiving personal support and assistance. Then, when they are in class, you can give them various choices, like choosing five out of the ten problems assigned to solve, working alone or in a small group, and reading with a friend or quietly.

Teaching Them Social Skills Directly

The hidden curriculum ideas that help develop social skills can get too complex for children with autism to read and understand. So instead, you can consider teaching them some of the social abilities directly through discussing and modelling the appropriate behavior in ways that are easy to understand.

Be in Support of Positive Behavior

You can use visuals in helping autistic children understand some of the classroom rules, the different ways of handling social situations, and the expected behaviors. In most cases, the student’s behavior indicates how the student finds it difficult to absorb information. Also, since the classroom rules get written in a list form when visuals are used, they can help autistic children understand classroom rules.

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