5 Effective Teaching Strategies for Children with Autism
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart…”
Interested in creating motivating, engaging and stimulating lessons? Differentiating lessons that inspire all students, while meeting the needs of each individual learner is the ultimate goal for all teachers. However, in every classroom setting, whether it is a special needs classroom, inclusive environment or any type of educational setting, there will always be a very wide range of learning levels, abilities and student interests.
So, if developing lessons that benefit all learning styles can often be a challenge, how can teachers use effective teaching strategies that can benefit students with autism?
Here are 5 Effective Teaching Strategies for Children with Autism that will help support and guide you along the way:
- Develop a concise routine, and stick to it!
The most effective strategy to set up and put into place for all learners, especially students with autism is to create a routine and stick to it; Unless you notify the students ahead of time if something is going to be different that day and prepare them for the change. Everyone can appreciate a routine and students with autism in particular, find comfort in knowing what is coming up next. It is a way to develop an understanding of how things work, develop a pattern of the day and helps to make more sense of things.
- Get to know who your students are.
The next most important thing to do is have fun getting to know your students! Learn about their likes, dislikes, ways of communication, and develop a mutual understanding and trust. This is when the real teaching and learning takes place!
- Remember, sometimes less is more!
It is important to use less language and ensure that what you are explaining is understood. Sometimes less written text and less verbal information goes a long way! You can use more visuals to explain information and involve your student’s Speech and Language Therapist or a multidisciplinary team member to find out how things are explained at home and learn more about your student’s communication needs.
- Set clear expectations.
Once you develop a relationship with your students and understand their learning styles and forms of communication, visually explain what will be happening in lessons. Use language such as, “First this, then that”…or first, next, and last visuals. Give choices (sometimes only two) so students develop an understanding of your expectations too!
- Develop a support network that gets it!
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