This useful, resourceful and practical guide provides those working with autistic children one hundred ideas of how to support and develop their learning. Ideas range from developing pupils' understanding and communication skills to ensuring they are comfortable within their learning environment.
Francine Brower is a Specialist Advisory Teacher and Project Co-ordinator for ASD, Oldham Education Authority, Great Manchester.
1. Enhancing Understanding; - good practice for all; - generalising information; - the need for consistency; - incidental learning; - reducing stress; 2. Enabling Communication; - processing time; - understanding idioms; - positive language; - repairing conversations; - literal understanding; - developing dialogue; - missing inference; 3. Developing Social Skills; - eye contact; - recognising triggers for behaviour; - proactive interventions; - discrete teaching of skills; 4. Creating the Right Environment; - visual supports; - cue cards; - how to organise; - a safe haven; - whole school understanding; - acoustics; - lighting; - unstructured time; 5. Teaching Coping Strategies; - the use of humour; - first/then motivators; - coping with homework; - adult mentors; 6. Tackling the curriculum; - developing independence. - clear start and finish to tasks; - differentiation of work; - written supports; - recognising specialist language; - getting the main idea; - using mind maps; - specific ideas on each core area of the curriculum; 7. Encouraging Flexibility; - use of resources; - planning for change; - bending the rules; - negotiation; 8. Summary of key points; - patience; - small steps; - identifying progress; - record keeping; - rewards; - feedback to the pupil; - the pupil voice.