A person having autism spectrum disorder usually lacks in communication, language, cognitive, and social skills. Because of these problems, children with autism are known to learn better with imitations and visual aids. A structured environment that accommodates their routines and sensory sensitivities is considered ideal for them. Autism educational therapy, comprising visual aids combined with demonstrations of various activities, help children improve their language skills.
Interaction of children having autism, with their neuro-typical peers, can be encouraged via games. This allows these special children accept social interaction. A structured learning environment helps children with autism feel more secure and become more responsive to learning.
Here are some common autism educational therapy methods
Applied behavior analysis (ABA): An ABA teacher will first observe the behavior of the child with autism and will then give instructions if there are any necessary skills missing. ABA teachers provide concise instructions and then reward the correct responses. The reward system is used to encourage positive behavior from children with autism.
Sensory integration: Autism therapists often use sensory integration therapy that helps children to challenge sensory issues and repetitive behavior. Such a therapy helps children to develop language skills, particularly with vocal exercises.
TEACCH: This autism educational therapy method provides an organized school environment for children with autism and follows a strict schedule, visual teaching methods, and clear and short instructions. All TEACCH programs can be easily personalized according to the requirements each individual child.
There are several other autism educational therapy methods. But before you take up any of them for your child, have a word with your pediatrician and counselor.