Successful Ways to Educate Aspie kids and Children Suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders
Setting Up a Perfect Surrounding
- Classrooms must be set up keeping visual and acoustic effects in mind.
- Study-tables must be kept at a distance from excessive noise or fuss.
- Workplace must not be near a place where people are moving to and fro.
…Surroundings matter as autistic kids cannot comprehend easily in a noisy environment.
Illustrated Programs, Plans, Daily Routines
- Illustrated charts pasted on classroom walls help autistic students to understand easily.
- Visually defined daily routines pinned on the boards help students to act accordingly as tasks are clear and expected.
- Consistent instructions pointed out in schedules prepare students to anticipate the work to be done.
- Diagrams and pictures placed at strategic points explicate actions or future plans easily.
…Students are better prepared to perform a task.
- Workplace must be carefully designed to highlight tasks that is expected to be done.
- Desk, bookshelves, and boards in the study area must delineate tasks through pictures, icons, and diagrams.
- Visual cues in study area should enable student to understand when a task is over and what should be done after it.
…Proper structuring of the surroundings and workstation enables students to predict tasks and perform them as expected.
- Visual cues, in form of signals, pictures, and signs are typical non-verbal communication techniques.
- Non-verbal signs help to communicate with autistic kids better when they are too much stressed, aggressive or emotional.
- Visuals corresponding to augmentative communication system enable students who are non-verbal to follow instructions and learn in class.
- Often Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) instructional technique is used as an advanced form of non-verbal communication.
- Students with cognitive and physical disabilities are taught through symbols, signs, and flash cards.
- Students are taught about emotions, social behaviors through pictorial reading.
- Well illustrated short stories highlighting social behaviors help students to learn social skills.
…Autistic students with weak expressive communication skills can perform tasks as expected through such non-verbal cues and signs.