According to the CDC, Autism spectrum diagnoses have increased by 57% within a four year span. With every diagnosis, parents struggle with getting answers and support. Getting the right support for their children at school is especially important. Autistic children are extremely smart and need a staff who is experienced and knowledgeable about how to properly meet the needs of students with autism.
That is why this past Wednesday on the #PTCHAT educators, parents, principals, and other stakeholders shared their advice and resources to help support parents who have children with autism. In addition to the resources shared, please feel free to read our previous posts about autism: Autism and How to Get Support at School, Autism Through One Mother’s Eyes, and Let’s Celebrate All Types of Minds.
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Parentella: For many parents of autistic children classrooms can seem unknown.
cybraryman1: I have the greatest admiration for anyone working with autistic students
ApsatParentella: I wonder if autism is on the rise or are we getting better at diagonalizing it?
readtoday: Teachers should study autism triggers –like flashing lights, loud sounds, etc
vaddienajman: Very helpful, thanks RT @cybraryman1 My Autism page is filled with many useful links: http://cybraryman.com/autism.html
GaryBrannigan: There is no one approach for everyone. For example, some children are affected by some types of lighting, but not others
soapdivine: @ApsatParentella Each special needs pupil should have their own specific goals re: how teachers differentiate.
drtimony: It’s not new expectation for teachers to know important features of all their kids. remove the veil, they’re people/students first.
OceanEyes729: @Parentella agree-treating students like competent individuals increases self-efficacy, self-esteem, respect for teacher
Parentella: What are the 3 top tips you would give to teachers with special needs students?
ainsliehunter: @Parentella 3 top tips – patience, respect, and ability to laugh when the times get tough
Parentella was created to solve the issue of parent and educator communication at elementary, middle school and high school levels. As part of this mission, we are hosting weekly #PTCHAT discussions to encourage a productive dialogue between parents and educators. We hope you will join us Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.