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Autism and Learning: Why Teachers Don’t Have Expectations About Your Kid And What To Do About It

Autism and Learning: Why Teachers Don’t Have Expectations About Your Kid And What To Do About It


Hi I’m Dr. Andrea Libutti, today we’re
talking about autism kids and learning now this is a tricky topic for autism
and you know when we talk about learning we’re talking about academics the you
know the reading the writing the math the science the history also the arts
music and art and sports and physical activity and you know it’s a it’s a
tricky topic because I believe that many of us set the bar too low as parents and
teachers our expectations are set far too low and often times are misguided in
terms of autism and learning I’m here to tell you that your child with autism is
extremely capable of learning across all subjects but the the approach and the
the way your teat your child’s teacher believes or handles learning with your
child is very important so let’s talk about how academics can can be what’s
the right word optimized okay so academics we’re talking about reading
and writing in math and science and history all the academic stuff subjects
so these things can be optimized for autism if there is a like a multi media
approach to learning so think about visuals audios
manipulatives hands-on experiential learning and projects you know sitting
at a desk and being lectured at about a topic that’s just not gonna cut it for
most kids with autism it doesn’t cut it for most kids in general the kids with
autism they need multimedia they need to have an experience for them to be
engaged and interested and wanting to learn really like most of us but they’re
sort of a a group that demands it I know my son does and then there’s
the topics of the arts I’d like to talk about the arts music and art whether
it’s painting or drawing there is a huge talent pool in the autistic population
for whatever reason they have you know they have huge talent in artistic
abilities and poetry and music and that really needs to be cultivated we really
need to expose our kids to all of these different things because we’re just not
going to know where their talent lies if we don’t give them ample opportunity to
explore writing or painting or drawing music and it’s not that difficult you
just need to find the right art teacher the right music teacher that can give
them an experience that will really optimize the probability that the child
if they are talented in it will be able to show their talents so again all comes
down to the teacher but exposure to these disciplines is really important I
know that you know two of my typical sons we’re taking piano lessons and we
were just like well let’s give Ana listens to our autistic son too and boy
does that kid rise above all and shine and and surprise us every day perfect
pitch ability to just hear music and play it amazing stuff so it’s really
good for their self-esteem for their talent for you to understand that
there’s lots of possibilities for your child to learn music and art and then
sports and physical education sometimes we don’t push them as hard as we do
other kids and I’ll give you an example we go skiing with my children all three
of my children and because of my husband not because of me because of my
husband’s lack of fear in you know teaching my child with autism to follow
us down the mountain after you know a couple of years of ski lessons we went
to an adaptive ski program up in the in the mountains of Massachusetts but
after he had the basics it was my husband’s not my beliefs in my child’s
capabilities that allowed him to show us what he was capable of so that child my
child with autism can ski black diamonds greens green runs blue runs for those of
you that don’t know skiing those are just different levels of difficulty
black diamonds being the hardest but he can ski with us on any run now on any
mountain because my husband believed in his capabilities so the point here is
give it a try we do circuit training with my son he does a CrossFit kind of
thing he does bicycle training he does different kinds of strength and
conditioning get that get your child involved I’ve heard other autistic
people say so important to their their confidence their self-esteem something
they really enjoy and there’s a lot of science now on the body brain connection
and how movement really helps the brain develop and thrive with movement and
exercise and strength building so the last thing I want to talk about is your
child’s special strengths and interests are these being integrated into the
school day for his learning and one of the best examples that I’ve seen of a
school embracing this philosophy is a twice exceptional education or tooie
school that is a term that means gifted but challenged and I think it’s a much
more empowering term for many of our kids with autism and ADV and dyslexia
and other challenges but what that school that type of school I should say
because there are dozens of these schools in the country
what this school does is it really looks at the strengths and interests of the
child and builds the curriculum around that so for example a New York City
school that’s a tui school having child that was maybe eight years old
very interested in sewing like really loved sewing and they actually built the
curriculum for the entire year around sewing and creating things with the
sewing machine so math and science and art and reading and writing all
integrated with this particular child’s motivation so take away point there
encourage your child’s educational leaders to think about their strengths
think about their interests and really making that a part of their day again it
holds true for all kids but especially kids with autism because we have a
harder time engaging them and getting them interested in some of the things
that we want to teach them so we have to make it worthwhile for them to learn so
thank you for listening I hope this helps I’m Andrea Libutti, you can find me
at AndreaLibutti.com, lots of resources there for you this is you know I’m here
because I want to change what the world believes about autism so these kids can
grow into their brilliance and shine and the world can see them for the different
but highly capable individuals that they are thanks for listening and I hope you
got all that out of this

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