How individualized supports for students with autism promote success in the mainstream classroom

Autism spectrum disorder is a processing disorder. Educators who hope that children with autism will learn how to interact by watching their peers are not approaching these students correctly. Educators should not place a student with autism in a mainstream classroom before considering individual education options. In order to provide the best education, teachers need to remember that autism students are visual not auditory learners. Realistic expectations for performance is a key to not getting disappointed.

Key Takeaways:

  • The students who suffer from autism still need to be taught essential things in the classroom.
  • There are some autistic students who are simply more capable than others when it comes to school.
  • Not everyone is able to function at the same level when it comes to school so it is important to help each person as they need it.

“And while the students with ASD face a variety of challenges depending on where they fall on the spectrum, even those considered high functioning have difficulties with pragmatic social language and understanding social interactions.”

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