Autism and ESL


Children with autism require intense support, consistency and routines. These children may respond to routines in a positive manner when students are able to become familiar with their transitions. Often time these children need to feel independent and play a vital role in choices. To support student learning students need to have guidelines that are implemented on a constant basis. This could be done through using familiar tasks, activities, rewards and role in the classroom. As this is way students are able to predict and feel safe in attempting their task and when feedback is given. If a teacher is to make a change in the environment it is crucial the teacher demonstrates the change to the student prior to making the change. Notify the student through simple changes, not drastic changing everything as this may be overwhelming for many students. It is important that teachers use simple language when communicating with students, as to much detail in a conversation may lose the students attention. These students require visual support and positive feedback. Providing the students with opportunities to explore and engage in a safe classroom environment. They need the teacher and classroom to reflect their culture and language, as a positive and welcoming message is given. Students should be assessment, evaluation and reporting should be implemented with students.

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