There is a saying in the autism world that goes "if you've seen one child with autism, then you've seen one child with autism". While this statement is very true, there are some common themes we have found through both research and data collection. Generally, students who display spectrum like behaviors demonstrate diminished social skills, difficulty with both receptive and expressive communication, they can struggle with processing sensory information such as noise, light, or texture, have a hard time with emotional regulation, and can struggle with change. Often times, these struggles are seen in the classroom setting for a variety of reasons. Things like classroom size, noise level, and environment can all play a role in the students availability to learn the information that is being taught. When students are provided with ways to help process sensory difficulties, they do better in school because they are able to focus all of their energy on what is being taught, and not on what is going on around them.
My goal is to provide students with autism ways to cope in the general education classroom. By providing them with tools to help regulate emotions as well as process sensory stimuli created in the classroom environment, these students will be able to focus on instruction and will be able to access what is being taught. This will help them to become successful students now and in the future.
With the use of tools like light filters, seat cushions, and visual cards, we will be able to create an environment where students can focus on learning and not on sensory needs.
Tools like fluorescent light filters, will help decrease the brightness in the room put off by intense fluorescent lights and help to create a more calming environment for them to learn in. Seat cushions will help students who need movement in order to process information a way to do so appropriately while not distracting other students. VIsual cards used for calming, will help students who need visual reminders on steps needed to learn to self calm. These skills will help students identify the correct steps to take when they begin to feel agitated, and learn to do so independently.
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