Teaching pupils with autism in the mainstream classroom by @aspiedelazouch

Name: Barney Angliss
Twitter: @aspiedelazouch
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: All subjects
Position: SEN and Disability Coordinator
5 Bits of Advice About: Teaching pupils with autism in the mainstream classroom

  1. Make the classroom environment quiet, orderly and predictable. This increases feelings of security and encourages thoughtful progress.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Groupwork is an unjustifiable challenge: quiet research is better. Strong colours (red, green) are over-stimulating: choose muted neutrals for eg. powerpoints and displays.
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