Monday, December 19, 2016

Teaching Moments 6: Thoughts on Autism

Children with Autism need routine and consistency in their environment and from what is expected of them. Here are some general tips from a good friend who teaches children with Autism:

·         be calm (really really important)
·         make smooth transitions (give 5-minute warning)
·         reinforce good behavior (sometimes use what they like)
·         give precise rules (what do you want the child to do? and provide a ‘first x, then y)
·         provide break areas (a safe place to calm down)
·         if an inclusion class, have a buddy system (with a responsible student to help)
·         see what triggers the behavior
·         parents and teachers need to read IEPs where goals and objectives are listed

Check out more tips at https://www.autismspeaks.org/

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