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.