Language, Autism, and Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips for Working with Students/Children on the Autism Spectrum:

  • Be aware of the difficulties your student may have processing language. Give extra wait time.
  • Do not assume your student understands or will pick up on body language or figurative language. Explain yourself and any figurative language.
  • Apply direct teaching methods (e.g. teach the student the meaning of idioms, one by one, literally–“Let’s hit the road” means “Let’s go”).
  • Tap into the student’s interests when teaching (e.g. teach math using Thomas the Train or write a sentence/paragraph about Thomas the Train, etc.).
  • Understand your student may need many different examples before generalizing a concept.