Children with Aspergerís Syndrome
often offer a certain challenge to a teacher within a classroom setting.
Although these children quite often are academically talented, they still can be challenged in areas such as
sensory needs, focus issues, and frustration.
Sensory Inputs and Stimuli
Sensory inputs can sometimes overwhelm a student with Aspergerís Syndrome. A student with Aspergerís
might be hyper-sensitive to stimuli like loud noises, bright lights, or the texture of clothing. If this
is the case, as the teacher you can adjust the output of these sensory inputs within your classroom.
Seat students away from these distractions in order to keep his or her level of frustration in check.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, students may also show signs of being hypo-sensitive to stimuli. These
students appear to be very sensitive to those loud noises, bright lights, and textures. This is usually a
positive reaction, but in the case that the student reacts to the stimuli with a noise, this can lead to a problem.
It could be disruptive to the other students in the classroom. Usually asking the student to not make the
noise will solve this issue.
Some sensory inputs can be used to relax a student and keep him or her focused. For example, if a student can
be calmed with chewing, adding some latex surgical tubing to the end of his or her pencil can make a huge
impact on a studentís state of mind.
Many students with Aspergerís come off as being quite smart, and very often they are. Unfortunately one
of the issues with these students is that they are often stuck on one track. They prefer focusing on a single
subject and neglect everything else. Though they may seem like a large issue, as a teacher, you can use this
to facilitate learning. If a student is showing a large interest in animals, line up that interest with animals
with other parts of their curriculum. Make math word problems involving weights of animals or number of
animals in a zoo exhibit. Ask them to look into the differences between a lion and a tiger, which would
develop an interest in biology.
If you have had a student with Aspergerís Syndrome in your classroom than you are most likely aware of
the full-blown tantrums that can occur. Students who act out in the way of a tantrum have very low frustration
levels, and they will need to learn what calms them down and how to remain calm. Giving the student a sense of
importance will help them remain in control, so send the student on errands in order to allow them to either
come down from a tantrum or to prevent one. Make sure you are giving regular breaks to your student as too
much at once can cause a build up which will result in a tantrum. Sometimes having your student write down
or draw what is frustrating them can help them calm down also.
If you are in need of a consultation for your child with autism at your home or school
please contact Paragon Consulting Services today.