The last few years have seen a drastic rise in the number of children been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Autism is a type of Special Education Needs (SEN).
According to the latest guidance more than 70% of children with autism in the UK attend mainstream primary schools. The problem is that many mainstream schools lack the necessary equipment to provide the support that autistic children require. To make matters worse around 60% of teachers in the UK are of the view they lack the adequate training to teach children with autism, most teachers even lack basic SEN training.
Having in place the correct classroom environment is critical for all children, even more so for children with autism as not having the correct classroom environment can cause them a wide range of difficulties including not engaging with learning activities and managing daily life. Integrating adequate learning styles and alleviating discomfort in the classroom is essential for autistic children as this will enable them to take part in learning and help to prepare them for their future.
Here are some key tips for supporting autistic children in the classroom:
1. Establish a clear routine with them that is regularly followed
2. Consider their learning environment
3. Manage changes and transitions
4. Communicate calmly and clearly
5. Look for ways to embed their interest to education
6. Be patient and resilient
At EmpowerEd we have extensive experience working with students with special needs. Our SEN programmes are equipped with our own cutting edge education technology, a state-of-the-art learning environment and exceptionally trained special educational needs tutors to ensure all young people develop and thrive. We work with local councils and schools to provide excellent provision for students with EHCPs or with SEND requirements.
If you are interested in booking in a session or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our SEN specialist team today!