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.

Visually-Defined Study-Table

  • 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.

Non-Verbal Cues

  • 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.