How To Teach A Child With Autism?


If teaching a normal child is already a challenge for some, teaching child autism is far more difficult. This is because autistic child has several deficiencies that need to be considered and need to be understood. It is not enough that you know how to teach a kid or love children, what is more important to effectively teach autistic child is to properly recognize both you and the autistic child’s need.

Here are the things you should know and consider to be able to teach child with autism properly:

The learning environment – Children pay particular attention on their surroundings. This also goes with children with autism. You must place them in an environment where they feel safe and protected from any harm. Also, the environment should be clean free from any component that could harm the child. The place should be inviting and stimulating for learning.

The expectations and guidelines – Any child needs direction, especially if they are extra dependent on adults around them. Child with autism is not an exemption. To be able to teach a child with autism, you must draw a clear structure on the guidelines inside the learning facility. The expected behavior and the behavior that must be avoided should also be clear on the child.

The curriculum – Set a curriculum based on the child’s characteristic. Take note that autism should not be the basis of teaching. Instead, the basis should be on the child’s capacity to learn. Autism should not dictate what and how to teach.

The tools – Like teaching pre-school, teaching child with autism requires lots of educational and fun tools. Since play enables each child to learn new things and discover the world, you should provide them with the right tools.

The attention – Children with autism needs extra attention. And because they are special, they need to have the proper guidance throughout the learning process. Also, teaching children with autism must not limit include the things they need in their present and future life as a student, as a family member, and a member of the community.

The approach – Extra care should also be practiced in teaching children with autism. Properly guide them on the transition of every learning experience so that you can ensure that you have given the right amount of knowledge in them.

The personal commitment – When you decide to teach children with autism, make sure you are up for the challenge because not everyone can teach and not everyone can teach special children. Evaluate yourself as to how far your limits are and determine if you have the vocation of teaching children with autism. This is not to say that teaching children with autism is difficult, it only says that there are some people who have what it take to become teacher of autistic children and there are some who are not.

And one last thing, teaching should not be limited on the children; you should interact with the family members, especially the parent to know how to understand the case of their children. Let parents participate in planning the curriculum and instructions, as well as the monitoring. Let parents participate with the learning process of the child and for sure, the after school experience is followed up with better and more fruitful home learning experiences.