18 Things Teachers Should Know About Autistic Students in the Classroom
As an ESL teacher, it is essential to keep learning about the child’s psychology and how it can distinguish from child to child. Provided below is a list of things teachers should know about autistic students in the classroom.
Following are the 18 things teachers should know about autistic students in the classroom:
What teachers should know about autistic students:
1. Children with autism need space and time:
Children with autism should have some space and time to relieve stress and put their thoughts together.
2. Autism symptoms may decrease:
With the proper therapy and training, students with spectrum may become a positive example for their classmates.
3. They insiste on small details:
Attention to the little things is the reason why autistic children are exceptional.
4. Having social skills difficulties:
Children with autism spectrum have trouble making friends due to their limited verbal vocabulary.
5. Devoting efforts only to things they love:
Like every child, they have strong and weak sides, focus on things they love and ignore boring activities (or what he thinks are boring)
6. They need more time to understand easy things:
As you know, students with autism have communication issues so it may be difficult for them to understand what it seems simple for us.
7. Every autistic student is unique:
Spectrum children are not identical, have different interests; some between them are non-verbal, while others have amazing artistic talent.
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8. Autistic student dislike quick changes:
A simple modification in the daily routine, even if considered as a beautiful surprise for students, could lead to a panic crisis for an autistic.
9. They are impatient and may say hurtful words:
Due to the lack of conversational skills, these kids may say some inappropriate words to their classmates or teachers.
10. They have creative ideas to share with their classmates:
You will be amazed if you see them playing Lego and how much they can be creative and lead their friends.
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What teachers should do for autistic students:
11. Simplify your classroom’s decoration:
Intense colours with bright designs may stimulate the autistic eyes and would create a sensory crisis to him. Try to add fewer accessories, make a place where students can rest, relieve stress and study.
12. Avoid saying Idioms (Even the common ones):
As I’ve explained before, children with autism have troubles to understand adults. So, it’s unnecessary to say Idioms that will make them confused. It’s better to speak by using simple vocabularies, images and examples.
13. Provide choices to lead your classroom:
Avoid using open-ended questions like: What sport would you like to play today? Instead, ask: Would you like to play Soccer or Tennis today?
14. Knowing that autism students have sensory problems:
You should identify what sensory issues have your student to be ready for any potential crisis.
15. Use a positive discipline: Downtime method:
Give the autistic student some free time to listen to music, read a book, or play for 5 minutes. This type of thing will boost confidence between you and your student. Also, watch over him during that time.
16. Staying calm during panic attacks:
Because autistic students in the classroom lack social skills, teachers must be ready to hear some inappropriate words. Nothing is personal! Your mission is to support them whatever you may face.
17. Learn further about “Stimming Behaviours” in the classroom:
Get used to repetitive movements like (rocking, flapping, spinning); These behaviours make the autistic child more comfortable and relaxed.
18. Love your students equally in the classroom:
Autistic students, first and foremost, children. They are innocent, beautiful, and funny. They need our help and support on an equal degree.
“As teachers, we have a mission that needs to get fulfilled whatever the difficulties we may face.”
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That is everything about the 18 things teachers should know about autistic students in the classroom. Have you ever taught an autistic child? I will be happy if you tell us your story. Please like, comment and share this post to inform parents and also to encourage me 🙂