5 Ways to help a child with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder, shortly referred to as autism, is a term that is used to
describe a range of neurodevelopmental conditions that affect children, young
people and adults alike. Persons with autism are often identified by the way they
communicate, behave, or interact with others. For example, a child with autism may
not respond to their name when called, have perceivable speech problems, show
certain repetitive behaviours, prefer solitude, or even lack general coordination.
Regardless, these children, though autistic, are still well deserving of a good
education, so in this article, I will share 5 techniques that you can employ while
teaching a child with autism.

  1. Avoid information overload:
    Children who have autism already have a hard time piecing information together;
    they interpret data and information in particular ways that are unique to them.
    While teaching autistic learners, it is important that you do not overload them with
    unnecessary information, so that you do not make it even more difficult for them
    to grasp what they are being taught. You can take short breaks between activities
    when you need to teach concepts that may be cumbersome.
  2. Teach explicitly:
    Some children with autism struggle to understand concepts that are not clearly
    explained; hence, you should teach them with as much clarity as possible. Try not
    to use figurative language, jokes with implicit meanings, and words that are
    ambiguous.
  3. Listen, learn and adapt:
    While teaching autistic persons, it is important that you take out time to study
    them, in order to understand their individual needs. Autism is a spectrum, and this
    means that autistic persons differ in their struggles. For this reason, you should
    not expect the same tactic to work on all your learners with autism. Listen to each
    learner, understand their individual needs, and adapt your teaching style to suit
    their needs.
  4. Be visual:
    Most learners on the autism spectrum are visual learners. They need you to explain
    concepts to them using pictures, videos, or other visual tools. These tools are
    sometimes more beneficial to them than lengthy conversations, as it allows them to
    create a mental picture of what they need to learn. Also, because they like to learn
    at their own pace, group studying may not work for autistic persons, as they tend
    to drift away and lose themselves whilst learning in groups.
  5. Maintain a teaching routine:
    Most learners with autism have particular interests and are not very flexible in
    their learning patterns, so you might have to teach them different concepts using
    the same routine. For example, if you detect that an autistic learner loves
    airplanes, you can make airplanes consistent in every example that you give
    while teaching a concept in class; this way, it would be easier for them to focus and
    relate to what they are learning, as they already like and understand the example
    that is being used.

    There you go! With these techniques, you should find it easier to teach children
    with autism. But before I leave you, keep in mind that even when you do all these,
    you might still struggle, and that’s because teaching students with autism can still
    be tough, just remain resilient and patient with them; they’ll thank you for it.

    Did we miss out on any tips? If we did, please let us know in the comment section
    below, or shoot us an email via this address: hello@mswitchglobal.com.

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