• Did you know... 

    • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
    • Autism prevalence figures are growing
    • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
    • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
    • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
    • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

    Characteristics

    • Resists normal teaching methods
    • Inappropriate laughing and giggling
    • Speech difficulties (lack of, impaired)
    • Echolalia
    • Acts as Deaf
    • Spins objects
    • Apparent insensitivity to pain
    • No fear or real danger
    • Sustained odd play
    • Uneven gross and fine motor skills
    • Not cuddly
    • Standoffish manner
    • No Eye contact
    • Unusual perceptual stimuli (looking thru people)
    • Difficulty in mixing with other children
    • Resists change in routine
    • Extreme distress for no discernable reason
    • Hyperactive or passive
    • Inappropriate attachment to objects
    • Social impairment with extreme egocentricity-“Me”
    • Limited Interests and preoccupations
    • Repetitive routines and rituals
    • Speech and language peculiarities
    • Non-verbal communication problems
    • Motor clumsiness (McGinnis 2015)

    Guidelines for teachers

    1. Follow a student’s lead
    2. Provide frequent references to the interest
    3. Use the language of special interest
    4. Teach through a metaphor

     

    Reference: http://www.autismspeaks.org/