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Tips for Teachers: Help Students with Aspergerís Syndrome Succeed

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.


Focus Issues

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.

Frustration Levels

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.


 

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