How Does Autism Affect Education?

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How Does Autism Affect Education?

How Does Autism Affect Education? | Los Angeles County Special Education

Parents of children with autism know how much effort they have to put into getting their children excited for school and helping them learn new concepts. From a very early age, these children simply develop differently than other children do. They respond differently to peers or adults, develop major skills in different orders from other children, think and understand mainly from their own perspectives and have difficulty memorizing concepts, focusing and organizing. If these children are not taught correctly, they may struggle with anger and frustration and may give up entirely on learning activities.

Not only do these children learn differently than their peers do, but also they communicate and interact differently in social situations. Some teachers have found that these children respond well to sign language even though they are not deaf. Using pictures may also be a good way to communicate. These children should be taught using simple instructions and should be given time to process what they have heard. Autistic students who do not like social play should be given areas where they can play passively but should also be encouraged to improve their social interactions.

Effective Special Education for Los Angeles Children with Autism

There are several key ways that special education teachers can make learning a positive thing for autistic children. First, teachers should always incorporate structure into their classrooms. Teachers should follow certain timetables every day of the week for classes and activities and should let students know what is happening next. Students will also need to be told every step in a process in order to succeed. Second, these students will learn best when presented with pictures and other visual aids. Conversely, they do not learn well simply by listening to the teacher present a point. Thirdly, because these students are often prone to high levels of stress, teachers can use classroom time to teach these children behavioral strategies that can help them lower their anxiety and find positive ways of dealing with negative emotions.

Many school districts offer positive classroom spaces and dedicated special education teachers for autistic children. The ideal classroom will be led by someone with several years of experience in working with autistic children and with plenty of patience and good humor. At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law, we fight for the rights of autistic children to get excellent, well-rounded educations. Parents who need help in this area should contact us today.
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