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How to Navigate Through the Educational Process with Autism

There is more than one type of autism disorder that can affect kids, teenagers, and adults. The CDC reports millions of diagnosed children have some form of autism. Additionally, 22% or around 5.4 million adults have autism in the United States as well. While autism is not categorized as a learning disorder, it can have an impact on the educational process. While everyone is different and may need assistance in various areas of academics, here are some ways to help autistic students navigate more effectively in school. 

Create a comfortable environment 

Autism can interfere with a person’s ability to read social cues and adapt to a social environment. Creating a comfortable space for them to work on their interactions can help them to improve their communication skills. For example, ensuring the individual knows that they are secure and in non-judgmental surroundings, it can ease their mind. 

Be patient with their learning ability 

As rewarding as teaching can be, it can be challenging as well. Whether you are an instructor or a parent of an autistic child, remaining calm and patient with the individual can help significantly. It can be just as frustrating for an autistic child to have difficulties in certain subjects, and being impatient can cause them to become discouraged and not want to work on improving. 

Explore medical interventions or therapies 

If you believe your child may be autistic or has already been diagnosed, it is always best to discuss treatment plans with a primary care physician to see which areas they need the most care and development. For example, parents may want to explore therapists who specialize in the type of autism their child has or meet with their physician to review any medical treatments or medications that may help. 

Encourage socializing and interaction with peers 

Since autism can affect a child’s ability to fit in with others, it can be discouraging to communicate with peers, make friends, and maintain friendships. Encouraging them to make friends early on can help them to be more comfortable around others. Having friends in an academic setting can reduce stress and increase the likelihood of wanting to attend school. 

Help to identify academic strengths 

While autism often highlights a child’s weaknesses I certain subjects, identifying their strengths is just as important. This may not always be with education, but perhaps with sports or extracurricular activities. Helping them to find their strengths and use them to their advantage can give them a confidence boost. 

Research local or school programs for extra assistance 

Looking into local programs or groups within their school can help them socialize, make friends, and receive extra assistance in certain areas. For example, joining a group specifically for autistic children can help them relate to others who are in the same situation or struggling with autism. Or perhaps the school offers clubs such as creative writing where students can express themselves. 

Education among the autistic community is just as important and these tips can help increase knowledge and provide a better experience. To learn more about interacting with the disability community, check out https://hello-itsme.com/ today. 


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References

(2023). What is Autism? Autism Speaks. Retrieved November 1, 2023, from https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

National Institute of Mental Health (2023, April 1). Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). NIH. Retrieved November 2, 2023, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/autism-spectrum-disorder-asd#:~:text=Prevalence%20of%20ASD,-Prevalence%20data%20for&text=Data%20were%20collected%20from%20health,to%20have%20ASD%20in%202020.

Cunningham, B., EdM (2023). Is autism a learning disability? Understood. Retrieved November 2, 2023, from https://www.understood.org/en/articles/is-autism-a-learning-disability

 

(2023). Autism Facts & Statistics. Autism Connections. Retrieved November 2, 2023, from https://www.autismcincy.org/autism-facts-statistics/#:~:text=More%20than%205.4%20million%20adults,children%20(CDC%2C%202023).

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