How many people do you know with autism? I bet you know someone. If you're a teacher, I bet you have at least one student in your class with autism. Autism is a spectrum disorder which means that while people with autism may share some characteristics, it can affect each person in different manners.
Many people with autism see the world in a very black and white manner. They often have trouble with social situations especially when it comes to reading body language, understanding tone, and identifying/understanding figurative language. Many people with autism find unstructured situations difficult. Many people with autism thrive on routine because the unknown makes them very anxious and causes them stress. As a teacher, we can use something as simple as a visual schedule to help provide the structure that many of our students need. By posting a visual schedule and discussing any changes in the schedule before they occur, we can alleviate stress for our students with autism or for our students who thrive on routines.
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