Does anyone teach or have a kid with autism? Any advice would be appreciated..
My big issue is how much individual attention will this kid need? How can I intergrate him into class meet his needs and the other kids?
i have one that is pretty high functioning. like philip said, just takes a little more patience.
my biggest issue is he is a very large 12 yr old and a lot of the kids in my class are around 9-10 yrs old and on the smaller side.
so when they spar i need to make sure i watch him as he is big and can really hurt someone if he isn't paying attention. but i've spoken to him and explained that he should work more tech and stay moving instead of just smashing the little guys. he understood and made the proper corrections during his rolls.
my kids classes are only 45 mins long so its not too long that i lose him or any of the other kids.
as for extra attention, he doesn't get too much more attention than the regular kids. if there are odd numbers i will pair him with my asst so that he gets the one on one attention i know that will help his absorb the info.
other than that, he is pretty much on par with some of the other kids in class.
I have two autistic children in my kids' class. It was extremely difficult at first and there are still times that they are difficult. I have 4-5 assistants in every class so I have the benefit of having lots of eyes if I need to spend some extra time with any individual child.
Both of my autistic students go to a special needs private school so I realized I had some good resources.
I spoke to one of the parents and he introduced me to their PE teacher at school who agreed to allow me to observe their PE class and how she interacts with them in a physical environment.
The thing I have learned most about working with them and observing the teachers is that so many of the same difficulties you have with children are the same difficulties you have with autistic children i.e. inability to focus, defiance, lack of motivation etc. Nothing new for anyone who teaches children.
What I had to learn was that the reason behind their inability to focus or their defiance was frequently different.
Very careful observation of the children gives me clues as to why they have difficulty i.e. do they not understand what is being taught or are they unable to focus.
By paying close attention to their mannerisms, I get a better feel now for which it is and I must tailor my response to what I believe the problem is.
Now, understand this is the hardest thing I do. It is not easy. I would be in trouble if I didn't have outstanding assistants.
Teaching kids is already hard; teaching disabled children can be even harder.
That said, as rewarding as teaching children is, teaching disabled children is 1000 times as rewarding when you begin to realize that the child LOVES being there.
I had a father tell me that his son thinks his coaches are superheros. He told me that his son never has to be forced to come to class; he's always ready to go.
That is well worth the difficulties.