8 EASY Tips for Teachers of Students with #Autism
1. Give short and simple directions. Don’t overspeak. Put your back on the chair and eyes on me.
- Tell what TO do, instead of what NOT to do. For example, instead of saying “Stop running!” say “Walk.”
- Understand that I sometimes focus better when doing something physical. Allow me to have an item in my hands or an ‘active’ seating option.
- Let students work in short increments. Work for 10 min take a short sensory break. Then work some more.
- Recognize the child’s strengths and build from those strengths – tap into them.
- Advocate for, and utilize assistive technology. There are many tablet applications that are of significant benefit. Everything from skill practice, organization and note taking to creation/presentation.
- Communicate with parents on a regular basis. Let parents know about the successes as well as the struggles.
- A schedule and routine are very important. Visual schedules work well with most.