Autism is commonplace in the classroom. In fact, according to the Autism Speaks, 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with the disorder, with boys significantly more likely to develop the condition than girls. As a result, it’s important that there’s more awareness raised about the disorder, as well as better tools being available for parents and educators of autistic children.
Despite the disorder being more and more in the public eye, there’s still much stigma and concern regarding how to help your child through their school years. As you can imagine, this leads to a lot of stress for both children and parents alike. To try and remove as much of this stress as possible, here’s three helpful ways you can make learning less of a strenuous experience for your family.
First things first, where your child goes to school is a topic you should discuss at length. Every parent weighs up the benefits of local schools, but with parents of an autistic child, this analysis is even more crucial. As difficult a decision it can be to make, an autism friendly school is often the most helpful way to make education an enjoyable experience. This is due to your child being in a supportive environment, surrounded by students who are similar to them and thus know what they’re going through.
Consistency Pays Off
Applying themselves and what they’ve learned can be difficult for autistic children, therefore providing a consistent learning environment can help them develop their skills. One of the best ways to ensure you do this is to take what they learn at school and implement it at home. For example, if your child signs in school when they need to communicate during a particularly difficult period, encourage them to do so at home. What is more, when dealing with any difficulties your children may experience, ensure the way you deal with the problem is done in a consistent and kind manner.
Stick To A Routine
The importance of scheduling won’t be anything new to those with an austistic child. However, it may be something their educator isn’t as well versed in. This is why it’s important to make sure that everyone involved in your child’s education is aware of how important routine is to their development and mental well being. Furthermore, if disruptions do occur, try to have a means of limiting the damage they incur, such as preparing your child for a change in their schedule. A teacher who knows this can better communicate with your child, meaning that school is less of a stressful environment during moments of inpredictability.
These three tips are by no means the only ones you can utilise to help with your child’s education. However, they can serve as a good starting point, as well as a refresher should you be struggling and/or falling back on some of the advice you’ve received in the past. If you’re interested in learning other tips, make sure to use all resources available to you.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.