An Educator’s Guide to Autism
As an educator, you work hard to meet the needs of every child to help them reach their full academic and developmental potential. Every child on the autism spectrum is different in their own unique way and their diagnosis can make it a little more challenging in the classroom.
When you and your school partner with the SkyCare ABA family, you can be sure that you have the tools and resources to help every child in your class succeed. We offer collaborative case management, autism support and resources, and 1:1 mentoring and coaching.
With SkyCare ABA, our greatest mission is to create strong systems for children at any spot on the spectrum to grow, thrive, and achieve. We are one of the only agencies that will provide therapies in the classroom setting and fully integrate every aspect of the child’s support network into one cohesive team. Ready to get started? Apply with SkyCare ABA today!
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6 Steps to Successful Autism Management in the Classroom
Your classroom is a diverse place full of children with a variety of learning and personality styles and you work hard to create an inclusive environment for everyone to thrive together. To effectively manage an autistic child’s needs in your classroom, follow these steps.
Learn more about ASD and know your students
Parents are your best student resource
Prepare the Classroom:
Make necessary adjustments to environment and lessons as needed
Educate your other students and fellow staff about what you’ve learned
Collaborate on IEP:
IEPs are ever-changing and rely on your input for success
You are not alone! Your school, community, and SkyCare ABA are here to help
Handling Other Students’ Reactions to the Autistic Child
Children, by nature, are curious beings and notice things that are different from what they are used to right away. As more and more autistic children are integrated into their neuro-normative peer’s classes, children are more exposed to each other. We believe that the classroom is the perfect environment for normalizing autism in the community and teaching the current generation about inclusion and being responsive to the needs of others. Some things you can do to help your other children better understand and interact with autistic students includes:
Help Them Understand Autism
Just like everything else in life, children will get information from somewhere, and it may not be accurate if it is coming from their peers. By addressing the diagnosis head-on and helping all members of your family understand what an Autism diagnosis means, you can help quell fears and empower siblings to be more empathetic and they may be your autistic child’s biggest advocates. Helping your other children better understand the diagnosis may also help reduce jealousy within the household, making everyone’s lives a little less stressful.
Including other children, at age-appropriate levels, is important to fostering classmate bonds and making your classroom a cohesive unit. Most therapies for young children diagnosed with autism are play-based and offer an opportunity for interaction between the children. If your autistic child does not interact well with others, this can be a learning opportunity for both children — a chance to apply ABA principles to your autistic child as well as an opportunity to teach your other students how to play with them and foster relationships. Including the other students can help reduce friction or perceptions that the autistic child is getting “special treatment” and can promote emotional and social development in both the autistic and neuro-normative children alike.
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Myths About Autism and Learning Abilities
Despite the rising prevalence of autism and the integration of those on the spectrum into neuro-normative peer-group classrooms, the myths surrounding autism and the learning abilities of autistic children are astounding. At SkyCare ABA, we practice on the belief of neuroplasticity and the ability that every child has the ability…
Autism-Friendly Classroom Activities All Students Will Enjoy
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