Teaching Tips for Children
Adults with Autism
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
helped me to achieve success. I was able to overcome autism because I
had good teachers. At age 2 1/2 I wasplaced in a structured nursery
school with experienced teachers.
From an early
age I was taught to have good manners and tobehave 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 meal times, every-body ate together; and I was not
allowed to do any "stimss." 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.
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