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Re: autism - response


Date: Thu Sep 20 2001 - 16:49:52 PDT

    I have an autistic student mainstreamed for the past three years. I also
did a paper on autism.
    When you teach always have a visual that they can refer to. There
shouldn't be any loud noises in the classroom or any lights that go on an
off to get the class's attention. Structure is what you want to adhere to. An
assigned patient student should be close at hand to help them.
    My autistic child is about average on the scale of autism. The person
does very stylized drawings pressing hard with the crayons, the person also
paints being very careful not to get their hands dirty. The child constantly
goes to the sink to wash their hands.
    Be very careful when lining them up to leave, because any constant
commotion might get them into spinning or aerobic leg lifting. You might get
that table to line up last.
    I can only get the bare minimum of grunts and sighs when I try to
converse, but the child is hanging in there mainstreamed in a fourth grade
art class.
    When using the computer: the autistic child should have a pointer arrow
that looks exactly like the one on the screen printed, copied and taped on
the mouse to help them use the mouse. Also, a roller ball mouse should be
used when using the computer, because they have problems with dexterity.