COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES to support children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Students with Anxious Behaviours

Communication difficulties are one of the core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are a range of COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES we can use to support children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Commence by getting the person’s attention (e.g. using their name) Offer choices if the person doesn’t respond to an open ended question (e.g.… Read More »

7 Ways to Create Opportunities for Choice Making

As adults, we constantly make choices of various size and significance throughout each day. The ability to make choices impacts our quality of life, and allows us to be independent and make sure our voice is heard. We begin learning how to make choices from an early age, so it’s important that we provide students… Read More »

How do I help my child who is compulsively lying?

Although lying isn’t something we want our kids to do, it is a normal part of development. All children lie at different times, and it is, in fact, a sign that children are learning to understand how others think and feel. However, lying should be a concern when it becomes habitual—when a child lies often,… Read More »

Hooked on Rewards

Students who are motivated show involvement in learning, a positive emotional tone, and persevere in the face of challenge. Unmotivated students, however, can exhibit internalised behaviours such as absenteeism or classroom passivity, reluctance to participate and cessation of effort; or externalised behaviours such as aggression, destruction, oppositional behaviours or delinquency. While rewards can help motivate… Read More »

Beyond Winning and Losing: Teaching Students to be Good Sports

Nobody wins all the time. We all regularly have experiences or engage in activities that have some level of competitiveness, whether it’s playing sports, participating in contests, or even things like hoping to become a school captain or applying for a job. As we grow and develop, we learn to cope with the possibility and… Read More »

Strategies for Students Who Struggle With Unstructured Times

Unstructured times can be a struggle for students with Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The nature of these periods of time can prompt some students to exhibit emotional and behavioural difficulties that we as teaches would like to minimise. Fortunately, there are many strategies teachers can use to help their… Read More »

Cyberbullying: Empowering Students to be Cyber Smart and Cyber Safe

Cyberbullying Prevention

(Image source:  Bullying is a well-known, age-old societal problem, but our adoption of technology has given rise to new ways of causing harm: cyberbullying. Educating and empowering our students to be cyber smart and cyber safe and deal with painful emotions is vital for keeping them safe in a technological world. Cyberbullying casts a dark cloud over… Read More »