Teaching an autistic child is very challenging. The
challenges faced in teaching autistic children are manifold. The key to handling autistic children is
ample patience and discipline. A good learning program, tailored for the needs
of the autistic children helps in teaching them.
children though challenging can be fun if the teacher makes an attempt to
enjoy what she is doing. Teaching such children depends to a very large extent
on how well the teacher understands the student’s special needs. Each autistic
child is different. Hence, the needs of such children will also vary. Once the
teacher understands the strengths and weaknesses of these children she will
automatically be open to think differently to suit the individual needs of the
Needless to say teaching autistic children can be really
challenging and may seem almost impossible on certain difficult days. However,
patience and discipline can be of great help in handling children with
developmental disorders. Patience
is required because it normally takes while for the teacher to be able to
relate to these children and teach them effectively. Further autistic children
take a while to process and grasp the information being taught. Forcing autistic
children to deliver or perform against their wishes will only make them
Teaching Autistic Children
What are some of the challenges involved in teaching
Autistic Children are
Special - Autistic children are not all the same. In some children the
symptoms of the disorder may be more severe than the others. Hence, for a
teacher to teach a group of children all of whose requirements are not the same
can be very difficult.
Have Fixed Routine - Children suffering from autism
are averse to change of any kind. They prefer to stick to a routine and enjoy
doing repetitive tasks. While teaching an autistic child this fact must never
be ignored. It is important for the teacher to remember the preferred routine
and specific repetitive task that each autistic child enjoys doing. Autistic
children tend to fight change vigorously. Hence even as far as teaching methods
go it is very essential to have a well-established routine.
Real Life Examples
are Required - Autistic children relate far better with real life stories
instead of fantasy. Hence, real life examples and stories must be used
extensively while teaching
children with this disorder.
Autistic Children Get
Easily Distracted - Autistic children get distracted very fast and easily.
Hence, it is better not to make use of visual images in the classroom for
autistic children. Unless relevant to the lesson being taught it is best not to
make use of any other training material visual or audio in the classroom.
Autistic Children May
Get Frustrated - Children with this disorder become frustrated very easily.
Therefore, there is no point in compelling them to learn. The most effective
way for making such children learn is to take frequent breaks between lessons.
This way the child gets enough time to process the information that she may
have learnt. Normally after short breaks the child will be ready to return to
the lesson willingly.
To prevent autistic children from getting frustrated easily
it is important to offer choices. This is an excellent way to stimulate an
environment. For example offering multiple answers to a question and asking the
child to pick up the one that she feels is the right one will make her get
involved in the class. The child will feel in control of what is happening
around her and not get frustrated easily.
A good learning program for autistic children will be one
which is tailored to suit the individual needs of the child. The child’s
individual strengths and weaknesses, how well they respond to their teacher and
the learning environment will finally determine the success or failure of the