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Autism within the classroom

Monday, February 8th, 2010

With an ever increasing umber of special needs students joining mainstream classrooms, teachers face the challenges of meeting their needs whilst creating an inclusive and challenging learning environment for all students.


Teachers are able to use several alternative strategies that can help them deal affectively with those children with ASD.


After first establishing the student’s capabilities both verbally and intellectually a teacher can assess which strategies will best suit the student with ASD. 


Some special needs students with autism are high functioning and able to use language and cognitive abilities to express what they are thinking.


However some special needs students with autism may be non-verbal; in these cases children can communicate with visual supports aids for autism (PECS -Picture Exchange Communication System). These visual aids for autism have wide uses within the autism classroom.


For many students with autism trying to communicate and be understood is difficult, they may lack the ability to effectively communicate, which is a common problem in autism.  For example children with ASD can have difficulties asking questions, taking turns, sharing even forming friendships this can be frustrating and stressful, causing some special needs students with autism to become agitated.


Teachers are able to help by providing an organized classroom with specific areas that the student with autism may locate easily through the use of visual support aids for autism like verbal or visual clues for the autism classroom. For example visual supports cards can be placed in special areas such as the bathroom, coat pegs, pencil tray and so on, for easy identification taking away stresses.


The images used in visual supports cards are easily identifiable to all special needs students and can be used not only as visual supports cards placed around the autism classroom but also on visual schedules, now and next boards and as cues for social stories.


Teachers also find the use of social skills stories for students with autism beneficial and are now one of the major strategies used by teachers for helping student’s better cope within the autism classroom.


Social skills stories for students with autism are visually rich showing the student the how, why, where and when of the skill or behaviour that they are being used to teach or re-enforce. First developed almost twenty years ago to teach social and communication skills, social skills stories are used effectively by both parents and teachers to help children with ASD understand and cope with all skills and situations they struggle to understand and deal with.


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How do visual aids help special ed children

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Students with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder often struggle in the classroom. For autistic students the classroom is confusing and can cause unnecessary stress. Students with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder may have problems with things like understanding instructions, listening following rules, changes to routines, transitions and friendships as well as other issues such as sensory processing, toileting, behavior and so on.


These issues will require special handling for the student with autism to feel comfortable in class and throughout the school day. Visual aids for autism can help alleviate many of these issues.

Visual aids for autism can make a huge difference to the student with autism and actually help them achieve their potential. For many autistic students using visual aids for autism such as social stories is a real benefit.

Generally teachers of autistic students will be aware of all autism classroom accommodations and will have taken their autistic students needs into account before the student with autism begins school. Many teachers of autistic students use social stories to help teach their student with autism appropriate social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors. As well as helping the student with autism cope with and understand the rules of school, as well as what is expected of them during the day, and what they can expect from others.

So let’s examine how do visual aids help special ed children – simply be making them more comfortable in and with situations, events and tasks they feel stressed by of fail to understand.

A social story is always written in the first person with visual cues and prompts appropriate to the skill or behavior being mastered. The social story is a visual step by step plan of a task broken down into small easily digestible chunks with focus being given to the key points the “social cues” which the student with autism can follow easily. They can be edited to suit individual needs and printed to make the accessible anywhere. So for example the social story can be used in the playground, outside school, in any class and so on in-fact anywhere it is needed to help support the autistic student.


To find out more about social skills stories for autistic students and how do visual aids help special ed children, plus get a download of 48 social skills stories for autistic students visit:


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