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Autism Learning Strategies

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Autism Learning Strategies for Helping Children

Teaching staff should work on the belief that working with difficult children with sensory disabilities works, if you work these six strategies…

1.    Never doing for children what they can do for themselves (emotional therapy)

2.    Give children compliments first then make requests and commands that are brief and have a positive consequence. Teachers and parents help children comply (say “Do it yourself or ask for help”).

3.    Every day organize the room into “floor Play”which is a closed loop of activities that all the children start and finish in a large circular area that is taped on the floor. Children learn to stay in the area, enjoy their activities and stay close to     each other so they learn from each other (relational therapy).

4.    Conduct one or two of sensory motor one circle play times every day (sensory integration therapy).

5.    Use a volunteer as an aide for especially difficult children (personal therapy).

6.     Train the aide to engage children in singing and dancing and drawing or painting or scribbling (art and music therapy) in a small private space to reduce stress and tensions among children who are difficult.

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