Teaching Children with Autism
In light of the thousands of Ontario parents whose children with autism have recently been declared ineligible for IBI, I think it is time to revisit the topic of teaching children with autism. So, here goes…
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which I will refer to as autism, is a social communication disorder. These children tend to be lacking in the language and social skills to be able to get along well with other people (and they can be expected to have other problems as well). In contrast to “neurotypical” kids who learn these skills more-or-less automatically, children with autism may have to be taught these skills, if you want them to be learned.
It is helpful if those who attempt to teach these skills are themselves skilled in teaching, since children with autism will not easily learn either language or how to use it in relating with others.