The teaching staff often utilise the following tips to help them adapt their teaching approach to advance the learning potential of a child on the spectrum, so each day in school is enjoyable and fruitful for these students.
Many children with ASD learn more effectively when information is presented to them using visual aids like videos and pictures. When teaching the alphabet, teachers use an interactive video of the alphabet song, accompanied by photos of the letters.
Instead of letting children become overwhelmed by environmental factors such as noise and multi-step instructions, they’re encouraged to take a break from the sensory stimuli in a quiet corner. Here, they can read, listen to music or just relax until they are ready to rejoin the lesson.
Students with ASD often struggle to navigate social circumstances. IIS has set up a buddy system for them with classmates who are confident, socially apt, patient and helpful, to help include these students in games and group activities.
Sometimes progress is made in leaps, and sometimes in steps. At IIS, students and teachers take a moment to appreciate everyday successes that may be second nature for other kids, but a big leap for those with ASD.
From The Finder (Issue 285), July 2017
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