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.
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.