Name: Barney Angliss
Subject: All subjects
Position: SEN and Disability Coordinator
5 Bits of Advice About: Teaching pupils with autism in the mainstream classroom
- Make the classroom environment quiet, orderly and predictable. This increases feelings of security and encourages thoughtful progress.
- The autistic mind is hyper-focused and anxious. A closed question is easier for your pupil to engage with than an open question which feels like a trap.
- It’s easier for the pupil to focus with you on something of interest to them and talk about it than focus on something of interest to you and bluff about it.
- The key difficulty in teaching pupils with autism is motivation. The key motivator is the feeling of being right; so make sure that’s available in all contexts.
- Groupwork is an unjustifiable challenge: quiet research is better. Strong colours (red, green) are over-stimulating: choose muted neutrals for eg. powerpoints and displays.