May 16, 2015

Autism: What Teachers Should Know

This list is one of the best I've read.  I agree that punishments are not the most effective behavioral strategy.  What I want to add is that natural consequences are.  

For example, if a child is playing with the water in his cup at snack time instead of drinking from it, the natural consequence would be to take the cup away.  This is much more effective and appropriate than a time out, loss of iPad time/recess, "clipping down," etc.  Any time a natural consequence can be implemented, it should be done in lieu of a "punishment."  This is with children in general, not just those with autism.


12 Things I'd Like Teachers to Understand About Autism

By Lisa Smith

https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2015/03/09/12-things-i’d-teachers-understand-about-autism







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