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05/06/2022



The Needs of the Student with ASD

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins to manifest around the first two years of a child and extends throughout the rest of their life cycle. Social and communicative skills tend to be the most affected areas by this disorder which could mirror the regulation of their thoughts and behaviors. Other characteristics of the autistic child, which interfere with inclusion in the classroom, are the expression of thought patterns and repetitive movements such as constant rocking, fidgeting, closing, opening doors, etc. These children could also present hyperreactivity to certain stimuli, difficulty understanding symbolic language, or empathizing with others.

Autism Is Not a Monolith

However, the symptoms of ASD are very heterogeneous, meaning not all students with autism show the same cognitive and behavioral alterations or to the same degree. Therefore, the teaching or specialized team at school must adapt the intervention program according to the specific and personal needs of the autistic student and enhance those traits that will benefit their inclusion in school and the classroom.

Optimize the Learning Process of an Autistic Child

The academic professionals need to learn how to evaluate autistic students before optimizing their learning process, improving their self-sufficiency and social integration skills, and ultimately assessing their situation in the classroom. Also, respecting pace and learning style will help the teacher design and implement a specific and practical approach to optimize the academic experience of the autistic student while promoting the importance of inclusion in the classroom.

If your child has a tough time grappling with complex academic subjects, know you can reach out to experts who will help them overcome their learning hurdles. Call (425) 578-4946 to contact The Tutoring Center, Covington, and book a free diagnostic assessment for tutoring in Covington.

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