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 (
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 studentâ€™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.
To find out more about how social skills stories can be beneficial to children with ASD and in the autism classroom visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school
For all other social skills stories visit any of the following sites and gain immediate downloads: