Sunday, November 6, 2011

Teaching Strategies - Don't Sacrifice the Field Trip

Children with autism learn best with an educational program that is flexible or tailored to their needs. They also thrive in an environment that is loving, accepting, and nonjudgmental. Lessons need to be inviting and fun. For example, teach with excitement, enthusiasm and energy while engaging in with them. Some of these methods are from the Son-Rise program that works very well among the community with autism.

Unfortunately, when children with autism fail to learn, many therapists or educators give up and label them as ineducable. The problem was their teaching style and not addressing underlying problems such as foods that cause brain allergies or sensory processing difficulties. Some use rigid teaching methods that are demanding or forceful among this population. They want them to comply at their demands. These professionals mistakenly believe this method will reach them. In fact, it can cause psychological harm. These children usually go further into their own world.

One of the best ways to reach children with autism is to learn from them. This can be accomplished by taking an interest in what they are doing and joining in with them. For example, if the child is stacking blocks. Stock blocks with them. You can make a lesson out of this by teaching the child how to count.

Another great method is to learn how to seize opportunities with children who have autism. For example, if the child gives you eye contact while joining in or any other time, celebrate with joy. This will motivate them to connect with you and others. You are also capturing their attention and a great time to teach. They are most receptive to positive energy than a negative one.

Attitude and body language makes a big difference in the world while working with those who have autism. A teacher or provider who has a funky attitude and body language has to go. This sends a bad vibe or tone which prevents a connection with children who has autism and impedes learning.

Many of these techniques apply to adolescents and adults with autism. You will have to modify it to their age and needs. In fact, individuals with autism can learn and improve their lives despite the false belief that they cannot. Never label or put limits on people with autism because of silly theories. Learn from them by watching what they do with a nonjudgmental and loving attitude. Find what is causing behavioral problems and their frustrations. There are solutions to problems.

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