Red Flags to Look out for When suspecting Autism
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Important information when interacting with children with ASD…From the perspective of the person living with ASD:
Children with autism learn differently….
Children with autism benefit from learning through pictures. Teachers can have pictures of the steps to washing hands or the steps of a cutting and gluing activity posted for the student to look at as a reminder. It is easier for students to learn through pictures because they are visual learners. They also learn skills through modeling and repetition, rather than picking it up in the environment. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a very successful treatment approach combined with speech therapy.
Children with autism like to know what is going on…
Having a consistent routine and/or a schedule helps reduce stress and anxiety from not knowing what is going to come next. Using a picture schedule of what is going to happen throughout the day or letting the child know a head of time (with several reminders given) will help alleviate some of the anxiety. Using the language, “First-then” helps reduce anxiety of the unexpected.
Children with autism have social deficits…
Children with autism might have difficulty starting or ending a conversation or they might have trouble with taking turns in a conversation. Sometimes they engage in one sided conversations where the child with autism is doing all of the talking about a preferred item or topic. A personalized social story
can be created to help teach the child how to interact in social situations. The social story will be a short story that is about that child’s specific area of need. For example, the story could be about taking turns in conversation and giving the other person a chance to speak. Your speech therapist can help you design this.
Children with autism have sensory problems…
Some students with autism are sensitive to clothing items, loud noises, and food items. Children with autism may rock back and forth, spin, or hit themselves seeking sensory stimulation. Deep pressure such as squeezing, massaging, or deep hugs helps to relax the child and helps in calming and allowing the child to regroup.
Children with autism have difficulty with initiating…
A child with autism may have trouble initiating play or requesting basic wants and needs (i.e., “I want __.”). A child with autism might not notice that another person is in the room and therefore will not say greetings or farewells.