As a parent teaching your child can be hard enough, but when your child has autism it can seem near impossible.
You start out with the best of intentions and end up frustrated while your child is in tears.
And that’s if you even get started.
What can you do?
How do special education teachers breakthrough to children with autism?
There are strategies that when consistently played out make a huge difference in reaching them.
Here are 10 expert strategies that work both in and outside the classroom.
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10 Strategies For Teaching Children With Autism
#1 Organizational Skills
People with Autism often struggle with organizational skills. Always praise your child when he remembers something he has previously forgotten. Practice organizational skills in small specific steps. For example, keeping a calendar with homework assignments.
#2 Difficulty with Abstract Concepts
Always be as concrete as possible. Avoid asking vague questions and use concrete examples.
#3 Use Literal Speech
Always avoid using idioms, sarcasm, and nicknames. Students with Autism have great difficulty relating to these figures of speech.
#4 Small Steps
If you notice that your child is having difficulty learning a task, break it up into smaller steps, and use visual boards. For example, if your child is having trouble making his bed, take pictures of each step. Then place the photos on a board in his room for reference.
#5 Prepare for Changes
Traditionally, students with Autism experience great difficulty when routines are changed. Try to use visuals or written schedules to prepare for changes.
#6 Watch for Signs of Stress
If you notice an increase is undesirable behavior or outbursts, it probably means that your child is experiencing additional stressors. It may be helpful to develop a program that allows your child to indicate this stress, such as a safe place or a reliable person.
#7 Verbal Overload
Children with Autism become frustrated when given too many verbal directions at once. Try to use shorter, concise directives, such as “Get backpack” or “Dinner.”
#8 Be Consistent
The more consistency you can provide for your child, the more successful he can be. It would be best if you made all the expectations clear.
#9 Be Flexible
As previously mentioned, being flexible is very difficult for children with Autism. This is precisely why it is so vital for teachers and caregivers to be flexible for them!
Have you tried flexible seating arrangements? Even something like where they sit in a classroom has been found to help a child with autism.
#10 Be Positive
There are so many things your child is good at! Be positive and help him understand how awesome they truly are!
More Autism Resources
These are just some of the strategies to help with teaching your child with autism. You may also be interested in these:
- 5 Different Types of Interventions
- ESY Services for Autistic Children
- Special Education Resources for Autism.
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