Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom

Sep 12 / Kare Marriott

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a developmental condition that affects communication and behaviour.

People with ASC may have difficulty with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours and will require extra support in education settings.

There are many ways to support students with ASC in the classroom.

Prospero Learning's expert top tips:

Create a predictable environment. Students with ASC thrive on routine and predictability. Make sure the classroom environment is well-organised and that students know what to expect each day.

2. Use visual supports. Visual supports, such as schedules, pictures, and maps, can help students with ASC understand what is happening and what is expected of them.

3. Provide clear instructions. When giving instructions to students with ASC, be clear and concise. Use simple language and avoid using jargon.

Be patient and understanding. Students with ASC may need more time to process information and complete tasks. Be patient and understanding, and provide them with the support they need.

5. Work with the student's parents or guardians. The parents or guardians of a student with ASC can provide valuable insights into the student's needs and challenges. Work with them to develop a plan for supporting the student in the classroom.

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In addition to the tips above, here are some specific strategies that teachers can use to support students with ASC in the classroom:

Use positive reinforcement. 

Break down tasks into smaller steps. 

Provide opportunities for social interaction. 

Be flexible. 
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