Any tips on working wih a child with autism on a day to day basis during school?

Question:I am going to college to become a teacher, so I applied for a paraprofessional position at an elemenatry school. I was hired, and it turns out that the job is child specific, for a boy with autism. I will be helping him throughout the day at his special, learning support class, lunch, recess, etc. It seems like something I will be able to handle, but I need some pointers on working with autism. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!

Answers:
Children with Autism usually work best with a consistent routine. When it comes to Autism, each individual is unique and different because it is a spectrum disorder. I don't know how severe he is, but try and find out what he likes and focus your intervention on that. Motivation is a great incentive and will improve the chances of progress. Just remember, many children with Autism have sensory issues as well. In my experience, I have found that incorporating activities that promote deep pressure help balance a disregulated child. Many children that have Autism also perseverate, which means they will obsess over things, so just look out for that and try to redirect them if they become overly fixated on things. Good luck and let me know if I can help you any more!
Autism and adhd is man made! its just an excuse for bad parents, a high percentage of kids with so call autism come from single parents families and are off rough estates FACT. kid recognize this and play up to it
- Be calm with him.
- Make sure your with him at all times.
- Be close with his parents and siblings (If he has any).
- Don't get frustrated right away if he doesn't do anything. It takes a couple of times sometimes for a person with Autism to do what your asking.
- Even he doesn't talk a lot, talk to him a lot. It'll make his communication skills better so when he's older he can benefit from it.
- Love him! If you show him you care for him, he'll be A LOT easier on you and it just makes your job a lot more enjoyable. Plus, he'll be more comfortable with you.
...patience, patience, patience... the "child" should be in a "special" education facility that supports the attributes of an Autistic child...
First of all, "edward m" is an idiot. Professionally I work with many families with autistic children and personally, have a 3 yro autistic son. His father and I are married, upper middle class, (as are many other families I have worked with) and NORMAL. EDUCATE yourself before you sit at a keyboard.

Anyway, each autistic child is different. I would ask the school for a copy of his IEP. Most parents of autistic children are more than happy to answer any questions as well. I would ask the school for permisssion to call them. Ask them the child's interests, strengths, sensory issues and triggers.

Best wishes! You have a very important job!!
My child is autistic and has had many one/one aides working with him over the years.He seemed to do the best when the aide was calm,firm,patient and consistent.Consistency in the routine was extremely important, especially when starting with a new aide.
I would suggest reading Temple Granden's book, Thinking In Pictures.She is autistic and in her book explains a lot about how it feels to be autistic and how she deals with the world with the accute senses they have.Flouresent lights made people look like cartoon characters to her,so she couldn't concentrate, so be aware of the surroundings when working with the children.
She explains how human touch felt like sandpaper. For my child,he gets jumpy when people are too close to him,so be aware of their space..Some sounds may hurt their ears.It isn't always the loud noises either, more the pitch.So learn to listen to the envirnment around you for things you may not hear without paying attention.Smells can be overwhelming too so hold off on cologne or perfume.
Most are visual learners.You could tell my son something a dozen times and he wouldn't retain it,but show him a couple of times ,and he got it.When he was quite young,we were teaching him his address,including the zip code.He did not remember the zip code until the day we made the numbers with clay.After that,if you asked him his address,he could repeat it accurately but if you asked him where he lived,he would say, a house.Thats how they think!
Another thing I would suggest is, be observant,the childs behavior may be for reasons not obvious at first..For example,one year,my sons math teacher told me she gave him a sheet of math problems and he threw himself on the floor very upset,so she thought he wasn't capable of doing the math problems.Come to find out,she had changed his seat from the one he had sat in the previous times in her class.
Also, if you ask a question,don't ask another until the child answers.If he does not answer right away, he may be prossessing what you asked, and could be upset at the interruption in his thought.Some of his aides were very bad at remembering this because he did often look like he didn't even hear you, so they would try and put the question to him in a different way, and that upset him.

WWW.autism.com is the web site for the Autism Research Institute in San Diego CA.
There you will find tons of information on autism including,
Studies on treatments and there effectiveness
Parents should learn about the different treatments and work with the doctor on what may work for their child.
To enforce a certain treatment, doesn't seem right to me. Different things work for different kids.
We found vitamins,Nu-Thera with P5P from Kirkman Labs and DMG helped our child immensely.
Sorry for going on and on but it is a subject that touches my heart.
I think you will find working with these children rewarding.
My son is only 5 but the past 2 years he had a paraprofessional who shadowed him and was with him at all times due to the fact that what comes naturally to the rest of us, doesnt for kids like that. We take a lot for granted. My son becomes very frustrated when he doesn't understand or if he can't get his message across. They need help in understanding social norms as well. You really need to check out some websites and books and learn as much as you can about autism. You could also try talking to the student about how you can help him and his parents as well. Autism speaks and NAAR are good websites. Good luck!
patience also become sensory sensitve yourself so you can see for yourself what may be bothering him. Also learn his interest which may be changing everyday or what he may have been enjoying for hte day this will help you get him interested and focused on what he does. Also this is from a mother of an autistic child Write a letter or maybe a journal telling the parent what has happened that day. it can be short like he had an excellant day stayed at desk and worked or... we had bad day had biting or whatever... we like to know what we need to work on at home also... maybe tell what type of work they did for the day. Like we worked on the letter a... Also take nothing for granted ANYTHING can bother him. and ask the parents is there anything that can be done at school like maybe social therapy which is watching two kids talk and telling him how to respond then after wards ask how do you feel or maybe next time you can say. Get ready for tears screams and hug request.
My son is autistic. You need to ask the Mom what will set him off. With my son any negative word will make him start screaming and hitting himself in the head. Words like no, wait, don't, stop. It is best just to get him doing something else. My friend's daughter will loose it if you touch her hair. My son and some other autistic kids I know do not like a room full of noise. If a bunch of kids are talking.like in the lunchroom, he may not be able to handle that so he could eat his lunch in the classroom. They need some down time if they start getting over stimulated. My son will pace back and forth and shake a shoestring or look at a book. This just seems to help them calm down.

If I repeated anything that someone else said I am sorry. I was reading the answers till I read the one that jerk wrote and I stopped reading the rest. He needs to keep in mind what comes around goes around and he could find out what raising an autistic kid is like the hard way.
I'm a spec ed teacher and here are things I do in my room with my autistic students: Walks are great with weighted backpacks, consult w/ the school occupational therapist and they can give you ideas too. Different textured objects to have at their seat to hold. You may need a textured seat wedge for them to sit on., or a bouncy ball to use. A picture schedule so they know what they are doing everyday, you can make this on board maker. Have them do compressions, where they push all of their weight up against a wall. They may need to use different pencils with special grips. We made my student a scream box for him to scream in when he is mad. If they dislike writing ask the spec. ed dept. for an alpha smart. They need to feel grounded so make sure their feet are touching the ground at all times. Assign chairs in the room to them, so matter where they are they know where they are to sit. They have music that we dance to just for autistic students it is called Jolly Jamboree. I have more info if you need it.
Ann,
Explain your "scream box" to me. What do you use, do you have a special place in the room for it? I have a student who would greatly benefit from this!!

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