Every child learns differently rather they have a disability or not! When teaching children with autism teachers and parents have to work harder and more efficiently to provide the best learning tactic there is. Providing the proper assistant and training for parents to best suit their children needs. Teachers should be equipped with the best knowledge on teaching children with autism in a mainstream setting. Early intervention programs helps teachers and parents find out what each autistic student will need to make sure they are successful in life. Although autistic children are better taught in a teach/child setting, and transitioning from a individual learning system to mainstream will be hard but it can be accomplished with the help of parents and teachers.
In order for parents to get the proper training they need to support their children some need to be willing to teach them. Parents are teachers in many forms; and children sometimes learn best from their parents. “Mainstream educational settings are widely considered to offer children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) equal opportunities and the best preparation for real life.”(Hewitt, 2005). Parents should do whatever is in their power to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge that is a need to know. Although parents raise their children does not mean that they know everything. Parents have to be taught also. “Parent training” is one of many programs offered through a company called Pyramid Educational Consultants if you wish to know more about parenting autistic children training. Different types of training programs teach parents “How to help understand some basic concepts about behavior, and through exercises and real life examples, they are taught practical ways to help their kids by using basic concepts.”(www.lucasworks.org). The cost maybe a little high, but it is well worth getting that training for your child.
Teachers also have to take the proper training to teach an autistic child. According to Smith (2001, p. 86) “Discrete Trial training (DTT) is a method of teaching in simplified steps. Instead of teaching an entire skill in one go, the skill is broken down and “built-up” using discrete trials that teach each step one at a time.” Each teacher should know each of these steps so that they can get the best results in every child. These trials may seem simple and easy but well worth the knowledge when it comes to teaching that child with autism. Teachers have to get to know the children they teach so they familiarize themselves with that particular child needs. Every teacher should know each child (IEP) Individual Education Plans so that every child is taught in an appropriate way for them to learn.
“Individual Education plans are broken down into specific educational categories then into long-term objectives (LTDs) which are then futher broken down into short-term objectives (STDs). (Mitenberger, R. 2008). Giving teachers all the knowledge that they need to teach an autistic child is what our school system needs. Teachers that are going to do their very best when in the children interest and make sure that every child is taught to his/her standards. Making sure no child gets left behind should be the priority of every teacher with regardless of that child be disabled or not. There is training out there so that every teacher can be their best inside of the classroom.
Parents should be made aware of the individual educational plans of their child. Putting parents on the same levels are teachers is a great plus on that child becoming in the mainstream classroom. The individual education plans is the most successful plan used to help autistic children become able to learn in a mainstream setting. When you are able to pinpoint someone exact needs you can help them learn more efficiently. Individual education plan helps catch the behavioral and sensory problems in the earliest stages so that is can be controlled. “There are so many benefits of an early intervention program for children with autism. Early intervention programs make sure that the individual stays focused and getting the help and attention that they need.”(Miltenberger, R. 2008). Having the knowledge that can lead to your child becoming self independent by the time they reach high school is self reassuring for a parent. Parents can then think back and say they have done everything that was possible to make this child successful in life.
As parents and teachers pull together to make the best education setting possible for autistic children every effort counts and is a reliable method of making them successful. Teachers and parents getting all proper training and every individual educational plan has been looked over so that it is suitable for every individual. Although autistic children are better taught in a individual setting, with a lot of hard work from parents and teachers autistic children have a brighter future
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