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Autism and Education – How Does it Affect Your Education?

How Does it Affect Your Education

Autism and Education – How Does it Affect Your Education?

Autism is a disorder that affects the whole person and often lasts for the lifetime of the person affected.

Specifically, this disorder affects a person’s ability to create emotions, memories, sensory abilities, nonverbal

communication skills, and many more. It affects one in one hundred and fifty people of all races and social status;

and it affects more boys than it does girls. A common description I have heard among professionals is that many

people suffering from autism can express ideas but cannot express those same thoughts. Key signs include: Repetitive

Behavior – For example, a young child may look unusual on a particular toy, always arranging things in a certain way, or be obsessive about certain things.Lack of Social Interaction – Another symptom is in the realm of relationships.

Autism and Education – How Does it Affect Your Education?

Research has found that people with autism are usually ‘socially ignorant’. This means that they are insensitive to the

feelings of those around them.Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication – Autism is by nature a neurological disorder.

It, therefore, affects how the brain converts thoughts into words. Therefore, a child may be thinking of answering a question, but it is a very difficult task to communicate! Non-verbal communication is difficult for many of us who are

considered “normal”, so imagine what it must be like for someone who has difficulty connecting with their feelings –

not to mention the feelings of others! Limited interests in activities or play – For example, a child may focus on a part

of a toy instead of playing the whole toy or a particular tune on a toy over and over again, instead of playing the other

Autism and Education – How Does it Affect Your Education?

Autism and Education
Autism and Education

twenty-nine tunes on the toyfor example, they may not want to be held or look people in the eye, they have delayed speech,

lack of interest in games, or what I call ‘super repetitive play’ – when the child seems to be only interested in one toy –

never, etc. As a parent and teacher (as well as one who is half-sister autism), please, please, please follow your

instincts.No one knows your child the way you do, so if your pediatrician still says “wait and see” you feel strongly

Parents I heard from mentioned some of the

following as red flags that worried them – their child was not ‘pointing’, ‘not giving them eye contact, they did not

seem to be ‘able to concentrate’, ‘ignorant of their environment’ or as one woman put it “I don’t think she’s. Also, the need for a strict routine would mean that any new activities are complied with. Tell-Tale Signs
During early childhood, it is not uncommon for parents to have troubled instincts about certain behaviors that there

the child may display –

twenty-nine tunes on the toyfor example, they may not want to be held or look people in the eye, they have delayed speech,

lack of interest in games, or what I call ‘super repetitive play’ – when the child seems to be only interested in one toy –

never, etc. As a parent and teacher (as well as one who is half-sister autism), please, please, please follow your

instincts.No one knows your child the way you do, so if your pediatrician still says “wait and see” you feel strongly

Parents I heard from mentioned some of the

following as red flags that worried them – their child was not ‘pointing’, ‘not giving them eye contact, they did not

seem to be ‘able to concentrate’, ‘ignorant of their environment’ or as one woman put it “I don’t think she’s. Also, the need for a strict routine would mean that any new activities are complied with. Tell-Tale Signs
During early childhood, it is not uncommon for parents to have troubled instincts about certain behaviors that there

Autism and Education – How Does it Affect Your Education?

Autism and Education
Autism and Education

connecting with me”.Early Intervention and communication skills – especially if it is in an educational setting that is  Remember, the better for some

children, the sooner the intervention!Types of Autismthree and sometimes as early as eighteen months. Autism Spectrum Disorders are categorized based on the degree of

impairment of the sufferer in the following areas; Asperger’s Syndrome

They all seemed to have normal information and language development but still had poor coordination and

communication skills. In addition, there was a significant lack of social skills. Typical symptoms of Asperger’s

five and nine.

interactions, difficulty reading other people’s body language, odd speech patterns, and obsessive routines.

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