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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.

Friday, December 30, 2011

#30 101 Ways a Teacher Could Help a Child with Autism

Category: General guidelines when dealing with autistic children

Suggestion #30:  Many autistic children like facts and think very logically.  Present to them the rules you would like them to follow accompanied with the facts on why it is important to follow those rules.
This always works wonders with my son.  If he knows that something is a rule, he will want to follow it.  It is up to us to clearly communicate what the rules are.  Make them simple, easy to understand, and state them clearly without using hyperbole or exaggeration.

Also, I would recommend that they know what to do when they see someone else break a rule – that they come find an adult when one of the rules is not followed.  Their passion for the rules can be high, and if they see someone else break a rule, they may feel obliged to enforce it.  Give them an avenue to do so (coming to find the adult).

1 comment:

  1. 102) Do not call them "...with autism". This puts the idea into their head that autism, a vital and core component of who and what they are, is separate to them, thus removable, a disease, baaaaad, etc. Sometimes I regret the fact that I was informed that I am autistic so much later in life. But seeing myself missing out on that form of abuse, sometimes I think maybe it is for the better.

    I think To Kill A Mockingbird remains the best depiction of an ideal relationship between an autistic child and their parent. Your second clause in this writing touches upon why.

    Oh, do not mind me, I am just the autistic answer to Magneto. ;)

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