There are times when my autism creates a barrier to my learning ….

Some good advice for professionals and parents when trying to remove some of the barriers to participation and learning …. There are times when my autism creates a barrier to my learning. When I find things really difficult I can appear defiant and sometimes rude-but I don’t mean to. I need time to process what you’ve said before I can reply to your question. I need time to process my thoughts and transfer them to words. I need to organise my thoughts visually before I can write them down. I understand explicit and direct instructions at my level of understanding but can be confused by inferred or unclear demands.  I understand better when work is presented in short sections or chunks with time to complete before moving on to the next stage. Check I have understood the task by asking me to explain my thinking and what I am doing. Encourage me to explain the bits I do understand when I have hit a problem. Reinterpret the task or use a different approach if I continue to struggle with it. Sometimes I get so anxious about things that I need time to “chill”. When I return from some time out I work better when teachers show they understand my worries and use a supportive approach. Author Unknown

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