What is meant by autism learning skills?
There are several methods through which we learn:
Through seeing (visually)
Touching or manipulating an object (kinesthetically or ‘hands-on’ learning).
An example of these would be, looking at a picture book or reading a textbook, this would be visual learning. Listening to a c.d., or going to a lecture this would be learning through hearing…and pressing buttons to determine how to operate a DVD involves learning kinesthetically, through touch and feel.
Mostly we learn through two or more of these learning skills. How we learn will determine how well we do at school.
Most mainstream schools adopt all of these learning methods, we visually learn through reading books and texts, we learn through listening to our teachers and we learn through practical tasks.
Typically children with autism will generally always be visual learners. Some children with autism will also be kinesthetic learners and may well benefit from their teacher or helper actually guiding their hand while they undertake tasks.
Therefore, it is important that a teacher assess each child on the spectrum within the class to determine which kind of learning skill they prefer. The teacher can then adapt the teaching style to suit the child on the spectrum’s need and build on their strengths.
However one very important thing to remember when assessing a child on the spectrum is their need for repetition and sameness. Keeping this in mind when setting lessons will be of benefit.
Teachers should try and use visual intervention strategies wherever possible. For example a visual timetable should always be in place for the student with autism to refer too.
As with a normally developing child autism learning skills, can be enhanced by following these simple rules. Another good idea is visual intervention strategies such as autism social skills stories. Social stories were first introduced around twenty years ago and have since become one of the most popular visual strategies used to help children with autism learn and overcome difficulties with communication, imagination, social skills and behaviors.
Social stories can help keep the child on the spectrum on task, the social story can also work as an excellent autism resource helping parents, helpers and teachers explain the ever important “wh” questions - who, what, where, when and why as well as “how” giving the child on the spectrum an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is a marked difficulty in those with autism.
Using autism social skills stories will benefit the student with autism as they will encompass all autism learning skills, they can be read, auditory, they have appropriate pictures and images plus some text, visual. Plus the social story can be used like a role model or visual plan to practice skills for example recess, assembly and remaining calm.
Plus autism social skills stories can be used with other visual strategies such as the visual timetable, flash cards, PECS and so on, helping to explain and make things more repetitive.
However you decide to use them they will nevertheless prove to be a valuable asset to autism learning skills.
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