Some Ideas For Teaching Autistic
Teaching children is a difficult enough endeavor on its own. Throw
in an autistic child with learning disabilities, and the task can
seem overwhelming. However, the task is not impossible. By following
some simple guidelines, you may be able to see a marked improvement.
Whether you're a parent home schooling your child or a teacher with
an autistic student in your class, these tips should prove helpful.
The first thing you may want to keep in mind is that autistic
children are generally very dependent upon routine. Rather than
fighting this, it is a good idea to incorporate it into the learning
process. In a classroom setting, routine is already well
established, but it can be more difficult in a home setting. The
key, though, is to stick to a schedule, and to not deviate based on
convenience or other factors whenever possible.
It can also be beneficial for an autistic child to learn in an
environment that is as simple and uncomplicated as possible.
Autistic children are easily over-stimulated, too many decorations
or visual aides can serve to be a major distraction from the lesson
being taught. An area free from distractions, loud noises and bright
lights is what you should be aiming for.
Another interesting idea is to incorporate multiple methods of
delivery into your teaching lessons. While many children respond
differently to different mediums, this difference is much more
distinctive in autistic children. They may respond best to visual
images, so incorporating simple illustrations or symbols that
represent learning concepts can be a valuable teaching tactic.
Experiment to find the method of delivery that is easiest for them
to learn from.
Offering an autistic child a choice is another great way to get them
involved in the learning process. Rather than presenting a child
with an answer and asking him or her to figure out if it is correct
or incorrect, present a series of options and let the child choose
the option that seems best to him or her. This is a great way to
create an interactive teaching environment, and to stimulate thought
and cognitive response from a child. It is also a good way for them
to feel more in control, lessening the chance of a frustration
outburst or negative associations with a particular lesson or idea.
A key point to remember is autistic children are extremely resistant
to changes in their environment. Because of this, you should meet
their expectations whenever you can. Introduce new ideas gradually.
Introduce new learning methods when the child is having a good day
or is in a positive mood. Adhere to routine as much as possible, as
this is what your child expects and desires, and what will
facilitate the most effective learning environment.
It's true that teaching an autistic child can be difficult. But it
is not impossible. It takes a little hard work, a little patience,
and significant understanding of the needs of the child and the
teaching methods and strategies that will be most beneficial to
them. If you follow these simple guidelines, you'll have a great
start on teaching autistic children effectively.