Teaching children with Asperger is a difficult task to handle specially when there are so many other children in the same class who are also entitled to the undivided attention of the teacher.
The best way to understand how children with Asperger feel in school is by reading the book: Martian in the playground. It's written by a woman who has Aspergers herself and who describes how this challenged her during her time in school. It gave me a much better understanding of both my sons and their behavior in school. I can really recommend this book to all parents and teachers out there who are dealing with those who have Aspergers on a daily basis.
Most children with Asperger Syndrome are smart and sometimes even gifted, however in order to perform in regular schools it will take a teacher who understands the unique Asperger traits that come along with this disorder.
Those symptoms or characteristics can be hard to deal with, specially within the school setting but understanding the complexity of Asperger Syndrome and finding it interesting and challenging to work with these pupils is a must for everyone who is
children with Asperger.
Teaching Children with Asperger
When teaching children with Asperger one must be aware of the teachers and classroom influences and the way those influences affect the students.
Research of Stipek ( 1996) has shown that virtually everything a teacher does has a potential motivational impact on students. There is increasing recognition of the reciprocal influence between teachers and students. Not only do teachers influence students by their planning and instructional activities but students influence teachers thoughts and behavior by their reaction to classroom activities. A controversial but
conducted in 1968 concluded that teacher expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies because the achievements students have reflect the expectations of their teachers.
All children with Asperger are different and will have unique characteristics and behavior. The Asperger Syndrome will be displayed differently in every one diagnosed with the disorder. This can make it hard for schools to adjust their program or restructure the environment in the classroom. Read more on how to
cope with Asperger in class.
Sometimes it can be as simple as to add a few clocks, create a special workplace, buy earplugs, make schedules and visualize everything. Breaking up the task they need to learn into small steps can be a great help. Repeat those steps over and over again and they will get it eventually. Copy worksheets and give those Asperger students more space to write, give them longer and wider lines! Use of a lap-top in school or headsets can turn out to be great ways of helping children with Asperger Syndrome. The best help however may come from a different angle.
Parents are a reliable source of good information about the child. It is my believe most parents of children with autism disorders such as Asperger are very much in tune with their child. Some parents even say it comes natural to them and they know exactly how to respond in the right way. It may take others months to figure out how to deal with some of the Asperger traits and characteristics since every child has it’s own unique personality.
If only parents were take seriously and turned to for advice more. It is vital for all teachers to co-operate with parents. Lets try to get as much information out of those information resources as you can, it will benefit the child and maybe even your classroom atmosphere. Do whatever it takes to make your own job easier and reach out to create that safe space for every student!