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Discussion in 'Primary' started by Vagabond, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have a child in my class next year who appears to have symptoms of Aspergers. Can anyone recommend any reading materials or give me any advice about teaching a child with Aspergers? Thanks in advance.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Where does one start? NOTE:Many of these comments ARE huge generalisations, your student may have all, some or just one or two.
    Is the child 'high-functioning'?
    Many Apergers syndrome pupils have issues with socialisation but not all.Most will not see things from another's point of view or in someone else's shoes.
    Almost all will take everything <u>very literally</u>.
    Many will have one area of obsession which they will be very knowlegdeable about/ show great interest in / have a routine they must follow before moving on.
    They love rules and have a very straightforward approach to rules and fairness.
    They can be a joy to teach & many do well and can even go on into Higher Education.
  3. What year do you teach? I found some of the info on here useful http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/approaches-therapies-and-interventions/service-based-interventions/teacch.aspx
  4. Really clear boundaries, a designated place of refuge, opportunity to calm down before discussing issues/problems, choices Eg. You can do this now....or you can do it at playtime....you choose....
    My child with Asperger's has real problems if he perceives he hasn't been treated fairly or been wronged in some way ( For example, if a decision doesn't go his way in football, he rants and raves....and I just let him. It's futile to try to discuss it rationally when he's in a state! I let him get it (safely) out of his system, then we can talk about it.
    Oh yes, and each day a fresh start. Good luck!!
  5. I teach Year 4. I know he does take things very literally. High functioning. I have taught him for Maths for some of the past year, so I do know a little about him. Excellent Mathematician, but very hard to get him to even write the date. He doesn't like writing at all, and I'm not sure how much work he produces in literacy lessons (obviously I will have a handover meeting with the current class teacher and find out what works in his current class). I'll check out the links. Thanks for your advice.
  6. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

  7. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  8. Fantastic. Thanks so much for the replies. I'll have a look at the books you've suggested.

    Sorry it's taken me a while to reply - pesky reoprts and assessments!!
  9. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Refer to your SENCo.
    I'd suggest you don't even attempt to diagnose the child yourself. You may have some ideas, but keep them between yourself, your HT and your SENCo, at least in the first instance. You will open yourself up to all sorts of issues, otherwise. You may end up using strategies that work for children with Aspergers in the meantime, to help the child, but it's not your place as a class teacher to make a diagnosis.
  10. Also, please don't forget that he isn't 100% aspies - he is also a little boy, and there are times when it will be the aspies talking and times when it will be the little boy talking (if that makes sense) - the trick is working out what is what, which you will after a little time :)
    Sometimes I think we do young people no service at all by only ever treating them as their 'condition, diagnosis or label, and forget that there are other facets of their personality/person (obviously this varies with individuals as well) - at the end of the day school isn't just about numeracy, literacy and sub levels progress, its about all the other learning/teaching we do as well :)
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Absolutely agree.
  12. mrstiggywinkle123

    mrstiggywinkle123 New commenter

    You have GOT to read Tony Atwood's Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome.. It is a great book for dipping into. Get in touch with the Asperger Syndrome Foundation who have excellent training. Good luck and when you know your child a little better and need more support just get back on the forum.
  13. Thanks for all the replies. I certainly wouldnt try to diagnose anyone. However, this child does show signs of Aspergers, and I feel that I need to find out a bit more about this before he is in my class. I have already spoken to both my SENCo and the current class teacher, and I'm sure will be speaking to the SENCo again, about how best to support him.

    I will check out the references that people have posted. Thanks everyone.

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