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7 Tips for Working with Autistic Children

As a parent, I have found that many people do not know how to work effectively with my autistic children. My children respond well to visuals and become easily bored. Situations that rely on solely on auditory input (sitting still, listening, and discussions) are very difficulty for them. Typical discipline approaches will not work and may even […]

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Autism Series: How to Teach Tolerance To Losing

One skill that may be difficult for an autistic child is how to handle losing a game. Autistic children tend to thrive in predictable situations. They love their routines and may become very distressed when a routine is disrupted. Playing games can be unpredictable. Although each game will have its own set of rules, different things […]

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Structured Teaching: A Simple Bee Activity

Structured teaching tasks are designed to add visual clarity to a task. Toys that are already owned can be utilized in simple put-in activities. Appropriate toys can also be purchased for this purpose. Toys are appropriate for early learning structured activities, particularly for children who have limited play skills. This Simple Bee Activity is an […]

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Autism Series: Structured Teaching

Structured teaching is a way to visually organize lessons and objectives for individuals on the autism spectrum. The TEACCH program offers a 5-day training seminar for teachers and therapists. I was able to attend one of these seminars during my first year teaching autistic children. It was one of the best autism training seminars I have been to. […]

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Autism Series: How to Use Social Stories

Social stories are a teaching tool used to explain social situations to individuals with autism. Stories can be written for a specific child or for children in general. The story will include specific information about what occurs and why it occurs in a social situation. Relevant features including an explanation of perspective will also be […]

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Autism Series: The Problem with Inaccurate Examples

Teachers often provide examples when teaching new skills. Non-examples are sometimes used to highlight a potential mistake. The purpose of a non-example is to help the child avoid making the same mistake themselves. Caution should be used when teaching individuals with autism using non-examples as you may inadvertently teach them to do something wrong. Similarly, […]

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Autism Series: The Problem with Non-Examples

In teaching, a non-example is when you demonstrate or show what not to do. While exclusively teaching children with autism in the public school setting, I learned about the problems that go with non-examples the hard way. I consider these experiences to be instructional mistakes. I am sharing them here in hopes that you too will see […]

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Visual Schedules for Autistic Individuals

Visual schedules are lists of activities in sequence. Schedules can be printed, consist of pictorial representations of activities, or even make use of objects (Quill, 2002). Schedules can help a child know what to expect within a specific time period. Children with autism, seem to greatly benefit from a visual representation of what is going […]

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Video Modeling in 6 Easy Steps

Video modeling is a research based instructional strategy for teaching new skills to children with autism. Video modeling is actually more effective than live modeling for children on the spectrum. Skills are acquired more quickly and better generalized when compared to live modeling (Charlop-Christy, Le, & Freeman, 2000). Video modeling would also be appropriate for other populations who […]

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