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Teaching Kids With Autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects children’s behavioral, social and intellectual spectrum of the brain. Not all children with autism have the same symptoms. Therefore a diagnosis is a lot harder to obtain then most disorders. To a child with autism there everyday world can be turned upside down with the slightest change to their routine (Humphrey, 2012) Teaching children with autism can be very challenging. Always know that there is help at every turn. There are more and more children getting diagnosed with autism each day. The US Federal Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 88 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism.(Is it autism? 2012). With rapid growth, it is imperative to know how to handle and teach these exceptional children.
Teachers need to understand all the different behaviors’ associated with autism. Some children will only show one trait; when others can show many. Autistic children are very easily agitated (McCarthy, 2009 pg.12). The have some of the same traits associated with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder. They fail to keep up with peers on social and education goals. Autistic children show a lot more signs of anxiety and aggression (McCarthy, 2009 pgs.12-13). Some of their behaviors may even seem abnormal and obsessive (McCarthy, 2009 pg.14). That is why it is so important to be aware of all possible traits. When an autistic child is introduced to the education system all sorts of accommodations and changes are going to need to take place.
There are nine common domains of change. The common nine domains of change are as follows; size, time, level of support, input, output, difficulty, participation, alternate, and substitute curriculum.(Shore,2012) Size. Adapt the number of items the student is expected to learn (Shore, 2012).Time. Adjust the time allotted for learning, task completion, or the time allotted for...