Schools, Teachers, Autism: Working with the Specialists - Page 2
So what can we, as parents, do to help our children develop and learn? Something I learned from my parents, you go to the parent teacher conferences with a goal: learn what you can do at home to encourage learning. It's more than just forcing your children to do homework. It requires discussion about the topics, making games that reinforce learning concepts, and instilling a desire to read.
When we came back from our consulation, we came back with specific goals:
- Work on writing, spelling, and spacing
- Work on addition (mainstream 1st grader skill)
- Work on sorting into categories and groups
- Work on relationship between verbs and their concepts
- Practice sharing and taking turns
- Practice coloring
- Find a deep pressure sensory solution to help him focus
Autism is a scary business, particularly if you are doing it alone. Having the support of your child's teacher and the school staff is something you definitely need. Add into that a supportive family and, if possible, religious or social community, and you can see dramatic changes in your child's development.