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ASD student personal space issues

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by chill4thenew, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. <font size="2">Hi folks,</font><font size="2">After any strategies or advice anyone can offer! I currently teach in a ASD special school and have a year 7 class of 6 students. One of the students (girl) has particular issues with invading personal space and inappropriate touching of male staff. We have tried a range of strategies including social stories and social cues but it seems to be an on going issue. It does not seem as apparent with female staff but any ideas would be excellent at how to address this kind of behavior as I am quite new to the special ed game! Thanks in advance.</font>
  2. For most people 'personal space' is about an arm's length around them. The reason is that it reduces threat - you are less likely to be attacked by someone who's out of reach. Get her to put her arm out to measure how close to stand to any member of staff (male or female - it's simpler that way!) unless they give her permission to do otherwise. It will look a bit odd at first, but after a while she should be able to judge the distance and not need to use her arm.
    Incidentally, this is also a useful rule of thumb (or should that be arm?) for classmates of autistic children with tactile defensiveness and for any kids doing PE.

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