ASD & The Affects Upon Learning.
Many of our children who come to the farm have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and they thrive in our environment. We are not a school but children, especially those with ASD learning and can develop key skills they need. Being able to adapt ourselves to suit the needs of the child is a must and is vital for our success.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind if you suspect your child or a child you are working with has ASD and how this may influence their learning:
Children with ASD learn and develop at different rates as ‘A-typically’ developing children. They may not always develop the same skills in order to process and understand information. This can vary from child to child and isn’t always the case for all ASD children.
For example: a child with ASD may be able to label their own body parts, but not be able to do this within a picture.
For a child with ASD, they will not always acknowledge someone is speaking with them. Often, they will not respond to their own name. It can be hard for them to distinguish between reality, i.e pictures and the words.
For example: looking at a picture of a dog, an ASD child might try and find a dog within the room.
How it affects understanding:
Children with ASD often find it difficult to see things from other people’s perspectives. They will often find it hard to understand other people have a different belief from theirs. This will also relate to other people’s behavior and how they understand how their behavior affects others.
Control and Regulation:
Many children with ASD struggle with focus, memory, time management, emotional understanding, attention.
For example: a child with ASD may know the facts to a mathematical problem, but they may not be able to figure out the answers.