The decision to choose mainstream education for your autistic child is not going to be easy. Generally speaking mainstream teaching methods can sometimes cause confusion to autistic students that tend to be visual learners. Therefore teaching autistic children in mainstream schools can be challenging if certain conditions are not met. Most mainstream teaching methods include visual, kinesthetic and using auditory learning.
However auditory and kinesthetic teaching may not suit an autistic student, this should be taken into account by autistic educators when preparing lessons, and even before the autistic student begins school.
For example when teaching autistic children in mainstream schools autistic educators should remember that teaching students with autism can be helped by remembering autistic children will respond better to lessons that are taught visually.
So by adding pictures, images and visual cues or prompts to lessons especially those lessons that involve class teaching will improve the chances of the autistic student understanding and staying focused.
Most autistic children in mainstream education will have the ability to cope with the education aspect of a mainstream school but will probably struggle to understand and cope with the social, communication, imagination and interaction skills their typically developing peers have.
Generally all autistic youngsters have social skills deficits and will lack the same social and communication abilities of their normally developing peers display, this lack of social understanding can lead to social isolation and at times even bullying.
Therefore when making preparations for teaching students with autism autistic educators should try and remember their autistic student will undoubtedly have social skills deficits and in some cases they may wish to prepare the other students in the class by explaining that the new student is autistic and how this may affect their behavior.
Autistic educators may also want to make some appropriate changes or modifications to the classroom and add some visual prompts or cues to areas such as the bathroom, sink, where the coats hang, the pencil draw etc. This may help to relieve any anxieties the student with autism may feel.
Another good idea would be the introduction of autism visual aids for the autistic youngster like visual schedules and social skills stories.
Both the visual schedule and social skills stories are designed to help the autistic student cope and manage as well as find repetition, instruction, and structure all things the student with autism will need to be able to learn effectively.
The autism social stories will act as a step by step visual plan, guide, friend, instruction and coping method. Evidence proves autism visual aids like autism social stories are well placed in the autism classroom and can provide clarity to those situations like recess, break time, dinner time and lessons that the student with autism may struggle to understand and cope with.
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