Autism

5 small things that make a big difference for a student with ASD

#5 BE LITERAL

Simplify your language. Be concrete. Avoid using slang, sarcasm, and idioms. Use words, not facial expressions.

#4 BE VISUAL

Help students stay organized and on task with visual schedules, visual prompts, and written instructions. Teach abstract concepts with concrete materials and manipulatives.

#3 BE CONSISTENT

High structure and predictable routine will decrease anxiety and support transitions between activities. Prepare students for changes in routine, like field trips and fire drills.

#2 BE PATIENT

All behaviour is communication. Don’t take it personally! A student struggling with self-regulation will succeed with breaks and creative approaches to instruction.

#1 BE POSITIVE

Every child is unique, with many strengths and weaknesses. Focus your energy on the positives. Have high expectations for them. Reward positive behaviours. Help students build up their strengths and skills. Engage them by teaching to their special interests.