I began to question myself the potential link between anxiety, school refusals and the avoidance of any perceived demand linked to trauma experienced within the formative years such as in communities, educational provisions, developmental trauma even trauma linked to having sensory processing disorder which potentially keeps a children in a constant state of fight and flight.
I want to lay out some concrete strategies for working with autistic kids, and others whose ways of thinking overlap with parts of autism. Most of this is good sense for teachers regardless, but getting this kind of thing wrong can make school absolutely intolerable for some kids, while for others it just means having trouble with learning – or even with relaxing.Autism tips for teachers – by an autistic teacher
With most autistic children, letting go of the traditional parenting role– which might work well with neurotypical children– and taking on more of the role of emotional confidant and more-experienced-and-sage friend can make a world of difference.Reader-Submitted Question: Helping autistic tween with explosive emotional reactions
Our autistic children are doing their best to survive in schools. We need to move beyond the old mantras and myths around reasons-for-behaviour, and into a present and future where we understand deeply and work collaboratively. Then, we have better experiences and outcomes for everyone.Behaviour Analysis, The Autistic Way