I just read a great article on what parents of children with autism want you to know.
Here are a few of my biggest takeaways from the article.
First, when you refer to their child, please don’t say “he is autistic”. Parents would prefer you to say, “he has autism”. Second, “There’s a difference between a tantrum and a meltdown. It’s not always them not getting what they want; oftentimes, children with autism (see, I didn’t say autistic children) know what they want, but have difficulty telling us. Trying to form the words attached to their thoughts can be challenging. It’s not a tantrum, it’s a meltdown.” And finally, “offer a lending hand even if it’s for a short period of time. It’s music to a parent’s ears when they hear, “how can we help”? … Let parents of children with autism know that they are not alone in the challenges of raising children on the spectrum.”
Finally, and this from me. Never underestimate the reading potential of students with autism. Don’t judge them on word attack or phonics. Many children with autism ( I am just getting better and better using this term) can read with expression and comprehension commensurate to their developmental ability. They don’t need slower, lower and less. You can give them faster, higher and more. This is what Failure Free Reading provides.
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