Accommodating students with autism

The implementation of any adjustments need to be tailored to the students’ individual needs.

Beth Saggers works for Queensland University of Technology, QUT.

She receives funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism, Autism CRC and is a key researcher in the Autism CRC.

Doing this would help them to not only manage the social and sensory challenges of the school environment, but also the stress and anxiety they can experience.

During the survey, students with autism made some suggestions as to how teachers could better support their needs.

It also found that, in general, teachers only felt slightly confident in their ability to support students with autism, while parents were even less certain of teachers’ confidence to teach their children with autism.

Teachers, then, need to have a better understanding of autism and how it may affect learning.

Students on the spectrum often need time away from other students and the demands of the mainstream classroom.

The frequency with which this needs to happen will be based on the individual needs of the students involved, and where they go in these situations would be dependent on the school setting.

Research shows the importance of understanding the link between academic learning and social and emotional competence.

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