Tips for TeachersAs your autistic child becomes old enough to go
to school, there is one expert you’ll want to have
in your child’s teacher’s life: YOU.
You have become an expert on your child and his
or her autism and are in the best position to
help the teacher best teach your child.
There are several things your teacher will
need to know.
The first is your child’s strengths and preferred
If your child likes music, let the teacher know.
If your child learns by doing things with his or
her hands, that may help your teacher as well.
Your child’s teacher will want to know how your
child best communicates.
If your child uses facilitated communication,
this must be gone over.
If your child is slow to communicate with others
but gradually gains communication confidence,
that will be something the child’s teacher must know.
The teacher should know if your child has any
triggers and how the child deals with
If the child throws temper tantrums, it is
worthwhile knowing how long they last and if
anything seems to help bring your child out
If your child has had any previous schooling
or therapy, the scope of this should be known
to the teacher.
This will give the teacher a baseline with
which to continue the educational process.
Tell your child’s teacher if anything soothes
the child, such as preferred music or a
preferred book or toy.
All of the school environment will be foreign to
the child so that he or she may need to have
soothing things around to help make the transition
Eventually, your child’s teacher will be an expert
on your child’s autism, too.
This means that there should be two-way
communication throughout your child’s education.
With two-way communication, you and your teacher
can be part of an educational team that reinforces
what the child is taught at school in the home
This is just one of the many tricks, tips and techniques
that you can use to cope with your Autistic child’s
behaviors that feature in my new book “The Parenting
Autism Resource Guide”.