There is no way you can be a great teacher if you don’t know how to manage the behavior of your students. Learning the skills takes times and you should not be worried about not having the necessary skills when you are starting out in the profession. As a teacher, you should be prepared to handle students with special needs including autism. A great way to know when to act is through keeping an incidence report book. Make sure you document every event the moment it appears. The report is not just to pick out the culprit but also to help you know who wants help the most.
Students with autism have an issue with talking to their peers and interacting with them. The students experience a lot of anxiety when dealing with a change which is why the teacher should let them know way in advance before the change happens. If the student is already aware that a change is coming, when it finally comes there will be no dire repercussions. At times autistic students will not be able to use their motor skills and they can be given laptops and tablets in taking notes instead of being forced to take the note through handwriting. Even if the instructions are written on the board, the students can be provided with a copy of the same. These students are stressed about activities which involve participating in assessments, completing homework, management of assignments, planning, and organization and even navigating learning tasks. This brings a negative effect on the social, cognitive and academic abilities of the autistic child. The teacher should ensure that the learners have a way to record instructions given for future reference.
Autism is not something people pretend to have and forcing them to behave like every other people is doing injustice to learners in this group. You will be able to reach greater heights with these learners if you make them feel just like every other person in the classroom instead of segregating them and making them feel inadequate. Because these children are not with the teacher all through, the parents need to be brought on board in learning how to manage the behavior manifested without bringing a whole bunch of issues. If the environment at school and at home is varied, the child might start developing difficulties in bringing the two worlds together and this can result in more serious symptoms. It is good for parents of autistic children and their teachers to use support tools and resources in order to handle them appropriately.