Contributed by Maria Hills
Maria is part of the community outreach team at Edu Aid. Maria is passionate about ongoing education at all ages, and when isn’t learning new things is a keen walker and cyclist and can be found exploring.
Autism is defined as a neurobehavioral disorder, or in simple terms a mental condition in which a child faces difficulty in connecting socially. This disorder is usually detectable at the very early stages of child’s growth as they face difficulty in doing the daily repetitive chores. Usually, you may find student with autism not able to perform well academically, the reason is he/she faces challenge while interacting with the fellow mates in the class which can lead to increase level of stress, anxiety and depression among students.
Here, we have unfolded few ways by which teachers can help the students with autism to live a normal and stress free life.
2. Adapting Visual Style of Learning
As students suffering from autism finds it difficult to grasp and perform immediate learning, teachers should adapt to the visual style of learning methodologies. Visual style of learning helps the students to have a picture in their minds of the things that are being taught which gets imprinted in their memory for much longer duration. This type of learning through visual effects makes the learning a fun as well because students get much involved with the colourful pictures rather than verbal or black board teaching.
3. Preparing with Visual Schedulers
As students who are prone to this disorder finds it hard to have schedulers like time table in their lives. Teachers should help the students by creating visual schedulers like time table to inculcate the habit of punctuality in them. By doing so you are teaching the students the value of time in their lives. And, also with the help of visual schedulers proper work and recreational time management is also possible.
4. Helping with the transitions
It is really tough being a student for the one who is facing disorder like autism. Like normal students they don’t have that potential to switch from one activity to the other. They take time to do the things. At times it becomes really exhausting for the teacher as well, but, the job of the teacher is not only to deliver lecture and leave. Teachers have to tolerant and should help these students with their daily classroom work and with the homework as well.
5. Reach Out For Help
As we all are aware of the fact that the learning speed of every individual is different and therefore teachers should be willing to help the students with autism in whichever way it is possible. They should keep a watch on the behavior of their classmates. They should be available to help the students by personally discussing things with them or even they should not hesitate to reach out their parents for further help. Because, parents are the ones who might not be having the know-how of how to help their child but the fact that they know their child’s habit will help the teacher to figure out to be helpful to the students.