The High-Functioning Autistic Student: Behavior-Management in the Classroom

Managing children with High Functioning Autism will present teachers with some unique and distinctive challenges. Not only will these kids demand more time and patience, many will require specialized instructional techniques in a structured environment that supports and enhances their learning potential. It is important to remember that HFA students are not “disabled” or inept – they simply need differentiated instruction tailored to their unique learning abilities. 

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High-Functioning Autism: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are noticing some of the early symptoms of High-Functioning Autism, then it is not too early to seek a diagnosis regardless of the youngster’s age. Early symptoms usually include:
  • problems with social interaction
  • limitations in brain areas that enable them to understand subtle cues
  • literal interpretation, misunderstandings, and/or sensory over-stimulation that may lead to tantrums, aggressiveness, overreactions, irritability, low-frustration tolerance, anxiety, self-stimulation, depression, or self-injury
  • a tendency of distrust towards others due to social failures and negative social experiences over time, which can lead to self-isolation and social phobia

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Reasons for Aggressive Behavior in People with High-Functioning Autism

Many individuals with High-Functioning Autism have strict codes of behavior that often include a dislike, or even hatred of, violence. However, even among people on the autism spectrum, aggression can be a problem when they become frustrated, feel unfairly treated, or feel bullied or excluded. 

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Raising Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents' Grief and Guilt

Some parents grieve for the loss of the youngster they   imagined  they had. Moms and dads have their own particular way of dealing with the...