Tips for Teachers on Helping Their Student with Autism.
Teachers play an important role in any child’s life. When comes to teaching a child with autism, the focus is often on providing structure and educating the child. What teachers need to remember is that a child with autism is still a child, and they want to be able to play and have fun. This can often be a motivating factor as well, which can be used to help make breakthroughs in ABA therapy goals.
While not all activities are appropriate for a child with autism to take part in, there are a number of great activities that they can take part in that encourages peer interaction and will help them acquire social skills.
Children in elementary school can benefit greatly from song. Even if the child is unable to communicate with words, he or she can learn to hum or play a simple instrument. Song can also provide children with autism a sensory stimulation outlet. Follow the leader can also be a wonderful tool for helping them focus their attention and improve socialization.
The maturity of each child will have a direct impact on what games he or she will be able to participate in. There are a few key things to keep in mind when looking at ways to include your student with autism in play activities. Try to avoid games that require close physical contact with other kids. Pick games or activities that will focus on the strengths of student with autism. Ask them what they would like to learn or a game that will help them master a skill. For example, if a child with autism has a problem with yelling, encourage them to play something like hide and seek.
Sports are another concern for many teachers and parents. A child with autism can play sports, again choosing carefully is important. Sports that don’t require strong personal sensory stimulation such as golf or baseball may be a better option over football. This doesn’t mean that your child can’t play football if that is what they want. Getting coaches involved, talking to them about the strengths the child has can go a long way in effective coaching that will allow the child with autism to learn the sport and benefit from being part of a team.