About the solution
“I was able to overcome autism because I had good teachers”, Temple said.
She wrote these notes on how to teach autistic people:
“1) Many people with autism are visual thinkers.
2) Avoid long strings of verbal instructions.
3) Many children with autism are good at drawing, art and computer programming. These talent areas should be encouraged.
4) Many autistic children get fixated on one subject such as trains and maps. The best way to deal with fixations is to use them to motivate school work.
5) Use concrete visual methods to teach number concepts.
7) Some autistic children will learn reading more easily with phonics, and others will learn best by memorizing whole words.
8) When I was a child, loud sounds like the school bell hurt my ears like a dentist drill hitting a nerve. Children with autism need to be protected from sounds that hurt their ears.
10) Some hyperactive autistic children who fidget all the time will often be calmer if they are given a padded weighted vest to wear.
11) Some individuals with autisms will respond better and have improved eye contact and speech if the teacher interacts with them while they are swinging on a swing or rolled up in a mat.
12) Some children and adults can sing better than they can speak.
13) Some nonverbal children and adults cannot process visual and auditory input at the same time.
14) In older nonverbal children and adults touch is often their most reliable sense. It is often easy for them to feel.
15) Some children and adults with autism will learn more easily if the computer keyboard is placed close to the screen.
16) Nonverbal children and adults will find it easier to associate words with pictures if they see the printed word and a picture on a flashcard”.
Temple also wrote many books on how to deal with Autism and Asperger’s.
More info: http://www.templegrandin.com/
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