Autism presents a lot of learning challenges to parents as the brain-based disorder tends to affect a child’s behavioral, social and communication skills. With a little bit of practice your child can increase their attention span and stimulate the parts of the brain that spur advanced learning.
Try these five teaching tips that are used in the classroom at home to help improve your child’s learning.
- Use simple language and use brevity to your advantage: Using idioms like “back to the drawing board” or “beat around the bush” can leave a autistic student completely confused and in the dark. It is best to use the simplest language possible to avoid confusion. If the child responds to instruction with a blank stare reword your request and ask them to repeat what you said to help clarify that the message was interpreted properly.
- Minimize choices: Children with autism are more likely to respond to two or three options than they are to several. For example, you are more likely to get a positive result if you ask “Do you want to use the red or blue crayon?” rather than asking “which crayon do you want to use?” The fewer choices, the less chance of the autistic child getting confused.
- Set a routine: Children with autism do better when there is a well-defined structure to their time. Many teachers like to implement task analysis or the process of using very specific tasks in sequential order. This breaks tasks into smaller, more manageable steps and can eventually lead to the child improving their ability to perform the larger skill. If the routine is going to be changed for any reason or activities switched, provide the child with ample warning to avoid confusion.
- Use alternate means of presentation: Using visual, verbal, physical guidance and peer modeling as learning cues can help spur cognitive growth.
- Understand changes in behavior and adapt: When an autistic child shows signs of anxiety, aggressive or obsessive behavior understand that these changes in behavior may be triggered by changes in routine or something unrelated to the task at-hand. Don’t take this behavior personally and try to minimize any potential distractions that may be causing anxiety. Overstimulation is a common distraction for children with ASD and may be caused by anything from colorful walls to excessive noise.
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