Teaching Children With Autism – Using Videos and DVDs to Succeed Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3924177

I agree with Bonita Darula that videos and DVD’s can be excellent learning tools.  You can also easily access videos on YouTube.com and show them on a laptop if you have access to the internet in your classroom.

I have a portable projector which I use to show slideshows of digital photographs I have taken on different subjects.  For example we watched a slideshow of photos I had taken at the Grand Canyon then from that,  Evan made up a short story about traveling through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.  We were studying the element of water and this prompted a discussion about areas in the world where water is scarce and the need to conserve fresh drinking water to live. You can engage the children in taking their own photos and videos in the classroom or outdoors in nature on any subject that interests them. I will write more about that in the following blog…

Have you ever wondered how you can teach your child with autism to help them succeed? Teaching children with autism to learn with videos and digital video discs (DVDs) can be one of the best materials for learning.

Find out what your child is interested in or where the weak areas for learning are. For example, it may be counting, math, reading, the alphabet, play time, engaging with friends, hygiene, toilet training, getting along with siblings and other family members, brushing teeth, etc. There could be other interests of learning how to draw, ride a bicycle, swim, ride a horse, play baseball, dance, put puzzles together,etc.

Each individual with the disorder of autism has many areas that are strong and other areas that are fragmented. Never compare your child to another child within your family or outside your family. Work with your child to develop his or her strong strengths to them succeed.

Obtain videos, digital video discs (DVDs) from the section for children, in your local stores or libraries,local markets or where they carry these items. You can choose from many selections of various learning techniques pertaining to children with autism. They are excellent learning tools.

Remember, most individuals who have the disorder of autism are visual people. They do better by understanding directions and learning with visual concepts.

Try to choose the videos and digital video discs (DVDs) according to your child that has a weakness in a certain area or a strong interest, that will help your child to succeed. But, do not overload your child with that one area.

Involve diversity with the teaching, by using visual instructions as much as possible. When your child seems to be grasping some of the learning techniques, expand on new interests that your child may have.

In other words, start by finding out and stay focused on weak areas, to develop learning and teaching skills for your child. Keep it simple, fun, and to the point where your child will not become frustrated or feel he or she is being pushed to learn, beyond their capacities.

Videos and digital video discs (DVDs) can help to keep your child focused on the learning methods, for the fact, they are not threatening, intimidating and they are visual, which helps your child to remember the tasks of learning better.

Enjoy learning with your child and be a part of the fun to help your child grow and open new doors as he or she develops new interests and desires new challenges for he or she to succeed. Take the time to watch and enjoy the information with your child and grow with him or her.

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Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism

Here is a helpful article written by well known author Temple Grandin who overcame the challenges of autism as well.

I agree we must accentuate our gifts and focus on what we are good at.  I also think in feeling pictures – it is just a different way not better or worse.  I believe autism is not a disease, it is just another way of being and experiencing the world.  Many adults and children with autism are very creative and artistic and expressing oneself with other mediums other than words comes more naturally.  We have got to celebrate who we are and not try to fix or change ourselves to fit into society…

Caroline Butson

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
(Revised: December 2002)

Good teachers helped me to achieve success. I was able to overcome autism because I had good teachers. At age 2 1/2 I was placed in a structured nursery school with experienced teachers. From an early age I was taught to have good manners and to behave at the dinner table. Children with autism need to have a structured day, and teachers who know how to be firm but gentle.

Between the ages of 2 1/4 and 5 my day was structured, and I was not allowed to tune out. I had 45 minutes of one-to-one speech therapy five days a week, and my mother hired a nanny who spent three to four hours a day playing games with me and my sister. She taught ‘turn taking’ during play activities. When we made a snowman, she had me roll the bottom ball; and then my sister had to make the next part. At mealtimes, every-body ate together; and I was not allowed to do any “stims.” The only time I was allowed to revert back to autistic behavior was during a one-hour rest period after lunch. The combination of the nursery school, speech therapy, play activities, and “miss manners” meals added up to 40 hours a week, where my brain was kept connected to the world.

  1. Many people with autism are visual thinkers. I think in pictures. I do not think in language. All my thoughts are like videotapes running in my imagination. Pictures are my first language, and words are my second language. Nouns were the easiest words to learn because I could make a picture in my mind of the word. To learn words like “up” or “down,” the teacher should demonstrate them to the child. For example, take a toy airplane and say “up” as you make the airplane takeoff from a desk. Some children will learn better if cards with the words “up” and “down” are attached to the toy airplane. The “up” card is attached when the plane takes off. The “down” card is attached when it lands.
  2. Avoid long strings of verbal instructions. People with autism have problems with remembering the sequence. If the child can read, write the instructions down on a piece of paper. I am unable to remember sequences. If I ask for directions at a gas station, I can only remember three steps. Directions with more than three steps have to be written down. I also have difficulty remembering phone numbers because I cannot make a picture in my mind.
  3. Many children with autism are good at drawing, art and computer programming. These talent areas should be encouraged. I think there needs to be much more emphasis on developing the child’s talents. Talents can be turned into skills that can be used for future employment.
  4. Many autistic children get fixated on one subject such as trains or maps. The best way to deal with fixations is to use them to motivate school work. If the child likes trains, then use trains to teach reading and math. Read a book about a train and do math problems with trains. For example, calculate how long it takes for a train to go between New York and Washington.
  5. Use concrete visual methods to teach number concepts. My parents gave me a math toy which helped me to learn numbers. It consisted of a set of blocks which had a different length and a different color for the numbers one through ten. With this I learned how to add and subtract. To learn fractions my teacher had a wooden apple that was cut up into four pieces and a wooden pear that was cut in half. From this I learned the concept of quarters and halves.
  6. I had the worst handwriting in my class. Many autistic children have problems with motor control in their hands. Neat handwriting is sometimes very hard. This can totally frustrate the child. To reduce frustration and help the child to enjoy writing, let him type on the computer. Typing is often much easier.
  7. Some autistic children will learn reading more easily with phonics, and others will learn best by memorizing whole words. I learned with phonics. My mother taught me the phonics rules and then had me sound out my words. Children with lots of echolalia will often learn best if flash cards and picture books are used so that the whole words are associated with pictures. It is important to have the picture and the printed word on the same side of the card. When teaching nouns the child must hear you speak the word and view the picture and printed word simultaneously. An example of teaching a verb would be to hold a card that says “jump,” and you would jump up and down while saying “jump.” Continue reading “Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism”

Teaching Children With Autism – Challenges Faced by Parents, Teachers and Caregivers

Here is an article by Marilyn Rogers who also states that children with autism learn best with visual material and by making learning fun.

If you are a Parent, Teacher or Caregiver and are responsible for a diagnosed autistic child, be prepared to change your lifestyle and priorities. Not only will you be juggling your home, other children, a spouse, or other family members but taking care of yourself as well. You will have the same ideals for the child and want all the successes for them but they will come in small steps and hard work on Parents, Teachers and Caregivers part. Success will come though, not without much stress and pressure in taking care of the autistic child, but a challenge trying to live a relatively normal life.

You will have help though along the way with dedicated personal physicians and therapists who work outside the school system. These educators will administer testing to your autistic child to see which interventions and programs and possible special health care needs will be best for your child.

Parents, Teachers and Caregivers will need to understand each child and accept that it will be a lifestyle commitment in learning on both parts. Since the autistic child shows little spontaneous reactions to other people around him an effort can be made to involve him in story books pointing out characters in pictures. The autistic child may want to withdraw into himself maybe just to zero in on a particular toy but don’t be mislead as its not that he wants to be left alone. This is where developing personal social interaction is so important.

The Autistic child may become agitated or have a tantrum as he may not understand the activity expected of him. He has his way of doing things that work for him which may not be the same as yours. If an autistic child is asked to bring a book from the table for example, you would literally have to give him all the steps. First, ask him to go to the table, then pick up the book, then come to you, and then hand the book to you.

Parents, Teachers and Caregivers need to be aware that over stimulation with many people around may overwhelm the autistic child who may be sensitive to noise and commotion. The autistic child will repeat the same words over and over and in a loud voice. This is his way of interaction, not anything anybody else will understand but his very own set of rituals. Autistic children learn best with visual material and by making learning fun. Learning human or social behavior through pictures or on computer is an excellent way for them to see what it is they should be doing.

– toilet training
– eating at the table with a fork
– bathing
– bedtime
– playing

Simple musical instruments are another learning tool and the child may hum along. Non-stimulating sports so not to get him over stimulated are also excellent.

Teaching Children with Autism can be quite challenging, to find out more and the treatments available visit our site at http://www.all-about-autism.com to gain more insights and additional information on autism.

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5 fun Learning activities for your preschooler



A great way to ensure that your autistic toddler is learning and wants to continue learning is by playing fun autistic learning activities. Avoid anything with too much complexity, as your child is still young, but the activities should stimulate the senses, encourage your child to interact with his or her environment, and encourage them to think.

The following learning activities are enjoyable, educational, and are suitable for most autistic preschoolers:

– Name the Sound – use a tape recorder and record a number of common sounds around your house as well as animal sounds and other common noises, such as a clock ticking, a dog barking, a whistle, a baby crying, people talking and other sounds. If you don’t want to record them yourself, you’re sure to find lots of sounds on the Internet that you can save to a file and playback during the guessing game. This game helps your child to listen, follow instructions, express him or herself, and to laugh at some silly sounds.

– Story Telling – draw pictures or find some pictures in a coloring book and have your child tell you about what is going on in the picture. Ask a lot of questions to encourage your child to develop a story around the picture and use his or her imagination. This is also a great way to reiterate practical and social skills.

– I Spy – This classic game is one that you no doubt played as a child. Either using something in a picture or an item actually within the room, say “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and name the color of the object. The game works well both ways, allowing the child to both be the guesser and the person who spies the object. For every incorrect answer give a clue about the object. The game helps to teach children colors and how to put words together in the right order.

– Touch and Guess – Place an object in a cloth bag or in a box with a hole big enough that your child can reach inside and feel the object, but not see it. Let your child feel the item with his or her hand and guess what it is. Once he or she guesses switch the item. With every incorrect guess, give a clue. Use items with many different textures such as a tennis ball, a marble, a golf ball, sandpaper, a tissue, and other rough, smooth, fuzzy (etc) objects. Encourage your child to describe what he or she is feeling. What does it feel like? What could you do with this kind of an item? What could it be?

– If It Were Me – this game can be effective for building conversational skills. In it, you begin the game “if it were me who found a puppy, I would…” or “if it were me who got lost in the mall, I would…” and let your child finish the sentence. It also provides you with a very good opportunity to understand what your child is thinking, and suggest safe responses for serious events like getting lost, crossing the street, and other safety issues.

When it comes to autistic learning activities, there are lots of different ways for you and your preschooler to have fun and be educational at the same time. Plus these suggestions are pretty adaptable and can be altered to make them suitable for children at differing developmental levels.

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