Children with autism need a different approach when it comes to teaching. However, once parents figure out what kind of teaching methods the child respond better, life becomes a lot easier for both the child and parent. For example, children with ADHD has trouble memorizing and staying organized but using colors and sticky notes can help to improve their organizing skills significantly.
Similarly, professionals working with children who have autism now believes that using lists make it easier for them to comprehend. Teaching with lists can be used in two ways.
Autism, Education, How to
Teaching students with autism how to be self-regulating is vital to their wellbeing. While it’s enticing to help someone that’s struggling to close a zipper, it’s a much greater service to peacefully teach that person how to do it themselves. People can be slow when they are learning a new skill until they become proficient. Time is usually something we don’t have to spare, particularly in western societies. However in order to help a person progress we must make time to show them the ropes.
You’ve probably encountered a well-meaning fellow parent who tries to offer a compliment or advice about your child, but leaves you feeling uncomfortable deciding whether to ignore it or politely educate them on autism or disability advocacy. Below are some cringe-worthy situations I’ve been in and suspect other autism parent advocates may also be familiar with.