“Craft activities are fun for everyone, but for children on the autism spectrum, the opportunity to explore color, shape, and sensory experiences can stimulate attention, foster calm, and create loads of fun! Here are 10 activities that teachers and parents love to do with their special needs…
Many people with autism are visual thinkers. I think in pictures. I do not think in language. All my thoughts are like videotapes running in my imagination. Pictures are my first language, and words are my second language. Nouns were the easiest words to learn because I could make a picture in my mind of the word. To learn words like “up” or “down,” the teacher should demonstrate them to the child. For example, take a toy airplane and say “up” as you make the airplane takeoff from a desk. Some children will learn better if cards with the words “up” and “down” are attached to the toy airplane. The “up” card is attached when the plane takes off. The “down” card is attached when it lands.
Avoid long strings of verbal instructions. People with autism have problems with remembering the sequence. If the child can read, write the instructions down on a piece of paper. I am unable to remember sequences. If I ask for directions at a gas station, I can only remember three steps. Directions with more than three steps have to be written down. I also have difficulty remembering phone numbers because I cannot make a picture in my mind.
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In her book, Thinking in Pictures, Grandin expands on how she thinks visually and what that meant for learning (particularly vocabulary).
I think these are excellent tips for teachers of students with Autism, but keep in mind that the Autism Spectrum Disorder affects children in many, many different ways.
Although homework has been the source of continual debate, it is an important and often overlooked component of the learning cycle. When teachers carefully and purposefully consider the role of homework in furthering curriculum goals, they can turn a homework task into treasure.
Homework is just one of those things that I firmly believe in the value of giving. However, it is really important to make sure that the homework does serve a purpose and is not just “busywork.”
This article has some good perspectives that I found refreshing.
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