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A couple of years ago, I found my autistic child locked in a small cold cement cell at his school. The cell had no windows, no furniture, and was slate gray with low lighting. The cell was also sound proofed so parents and teachers outside wouldn’t hear him crying. I am writing this blog as a campaign to change the way these children are perceived and treated in our society.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

#10 101 Ways a Teacher Could Help a Child with Autism

Category: Before the Child’s first day in the classroom

Suggestion #10:  Review with parent the questions that you have about the child.
During the meeting in Suggestion #9, review the questions that you sent to the parents from Suggestion #8.  Focus especially on the child’s likes and dislikes.  If you are not able to set up a meeting, call the parent and review the questions over the phone.  If many of the likes of the child are outdoor activities, perhaps swimming, then ask the parents for more likes and dislikes about indoor activities, especially activities (like drawing or reading) that may take place in the classroom.  Also find out likes that you may be able to tie to learning activities.  Example, if the child likes animals, this may help them with studying science or biology.  If the child is interested in dinosaurs, you could find some stories with dinosaurs for Language Arts.

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