Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
What can teachers do to support children with autism?
It is important to remember that there is no one size fit all approach and the most important tip for working with autistic students is to listen and try to understand how they see and experience the world. By learning about what makes them happy, calm or what causes them distress it will be easier to help reduce stress and anxiety and increase their resilience and engagement.
3 top tips!
Communicate in simple, clear and understandable ways. For example, by using visuals, providing written instructions or step by step verbal instructions.
Provide a predictable and calm environment, with routine and clear expectations.
Consider the sensory environment and what adjustments can be made to help a child avoid feeling over or under stimulated.