There is no way you can be a great teacher if you don’t know how to manage the behavior of your students. Even if you’re not good at it when you’re starting your career, there is no need to panic because it takes time to develop their skills. Note that some of the students will have special needs and children who are autistic are among this group. A great way to know when to act is through keeping an incidence report book. It is worth noting that the incidences should be reported and documented immediately they happened. This is not just a list of students who are troublesome in class but also telling you who needs your help the most.
For autistic students, there is a high level of anxiety when it comes to communicating with the peers and even socializing with other members of the society. The students experience a lot of anxiety when dealing with a change which is why the teacher should let them know way in advance before the change happens. With good psychological preparation, the students will be able to adapt well to change when it cannot be postponed any longer. Motor skill difficulties are evident with autistic students which is why you should not force them to take notes when they cannot but you can offer a tablet or laptop to serve the purpose. Even if the instructions are written on the board, the students can be provided with a copy of the same. Some of the activities these students find daunting include completion of homework, management of assignments, organizing and planning activities, participating in assignments and learning how to navigate tasks. This brings a negative effect on the social, cognitive and academic abilities of the autistic child. The teacher should ensure that the learners have a way to record instructions given for future reference.
Do not think that you can bully an autistic learner out of the condition. These learners will respond better in an environment where they feel supported. In addition, parents should get involved in learning what to do with their children once they get home. If the environment at school and at home is varied, the child might start developing difficulties in bringing the two worlds together and this can result in more serious symptoms. There are a lot of resource and tools teachers and parents can make use of in relating well with autistic children.