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Teaching Autistic Children

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.

Teaching autistic 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 children.

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 withdraw.

Challenges in Teaching Autistic Children

What are some of the challenges involved in teaching autistic children?

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.

Autistic Children 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 interactive learning 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 educational program.

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