The Autism Society in the Philippines is by far, to this humble teacher’s opinion, the most active society and support group for children with special needs specifically autism. They have several chapters around the nation and they are also very active both online and offline. Thus if you need more help in explaining the strategies listed below for children with autism, you can have a very good support groups such as ASP, Advocata and of course this website Special Education Philippines
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Physical Classroom Adaptations You Can do for Students with Autism:
1. Create a learning environment in which the student with autism feels comfortable including a predictable schedule of daily activities, a pattern of events and class routines.
2. Use pictures to list the sequence of activities if the student is a nonreader and allow the student to order the sequence if possible.
3. Send home weekly or daily notes, short messages, or a journal that travels back and forth from you to parents.
Behavior Management to Promote Adaptation for Students with Autism
1. Teach students to wait their turn, share materials, and know ehen they need to be quiet and when they can talk
2. Teach them to use socially appropriate behaviors throughout the school day to help promote generalization of appropriate social behavior.
3. Develop behavior management plans based on an analysis of student preferences and classroom dynamics
4. Rewards successive approximations and work toward having students become more independent
Support Groups for the Teacher:
1. Establish and maintain effective communication with all individuals who are in contact with students with autism.
2. Communicate regularly with the parents
For all the stakeholders for the child with autism, communication and understanding is very important. I remember the 5th Principle in Stephen Covey’s Book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” which states that “we should seek first to understand then to be understood”. This concludes Special Education Philippines summary of the talk given by Dr. Lilia Bautista that covers the workshop topic “Can we teach a child with special needs (CSN) in the regular classroom?” where she also covered different exceptionalities such as ADHD, mental retardation, hearing disabilities, and at-risk students. In the next posts Special Education Philippines will be summarizing a very useful strategy provided to us by Mrs. Teresita P. Filiinia, Vice President of Advocata.
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