Tips For Class Management for Teachers Teaching Autistic Kids

Autism is a difficult disorder to deal with. Most people do not know what causes it and most parents might think their kids are cursed or something bad happened to their heads. Teachers will also need to learn how to manage classes with some autistic kids

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  • Seek classroom placement to avoid settings that are noisy or reverberant and avoid open classroom placements;
  • Provide the child preferential seating near the place where the teacher spends most of his/her time giving auditory instructions, and away from distracting auditory and visual “noise;”
  • Teach the child to use visual information (look and listen);
  • Encourage teachers to gain the child’s attention before giving auditory instruction;
  • Check the child’s comprehension of auditory information by asking a child to re-tell the instruction;
  • Rephrase and restate important information to provide auditory redundancy;
  • Counsel teachers and parents regarding the child’s auditory needs;
  • Use FM systems if recommended by the audiologist to enhance the speech to noise ratio for the child;
  • Teach compensatory strategies depending on the child’s individual needs;
  • Teach listening skills, including when to listen for meaning rather than exact repetition. Teach the child to wait until instructions are completed before he/she begins a task;
  • Give the child time to think and respond to auditory instructions or questions;
  • Use attention devices such as calling the child’s name, saying “listen” and “Are you ready?” before giving assignments;
  • Limit the amount of information in each instruction;
  • Provide in-services to help teachers and parents understand auditory processing problems;
  • Allow a “buddy system” that the child can use to check homework assignments or other instructions;
  • Consider the use of tape recorders for some children who need a repetition of directions, spelling words, or lectures;
  • Ask teachers to provide pre-printed lecture notes or outlines to minimize the need to listen and write or take notes. This allows the child to listen while watching the teacher and taking advantage of all visual cues. 
  • Any remediation program should be directed not only at arranging for the management of the child but also should recognize the child’s responsibility in his/her own remediation. When the child learns to take care of his/her own needs through better organization, asking for repetition, double checking assignments, and other self-help behaviors, he/she will experience more academic success and develop a better self-image.

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