What’s the best approach to connect with a child with autism? Staying positive and looking past labels, says Dr. Temple Grandin in her essay for TakePart.
Drawing from her own experience, Dr. Grandin explains that motivating children with autism includes expanding their fixations beyond their immediate interests. For example, a child may love to draw guinea pigs and only guinea pigs. A teacher or parent could tie that subject in to reading and writing about guinea pigs. Eventually, this interest could spread to include other animals, providing a more well-rounded experience.
Helping children with autism expand their environment and experiences also helps them as they become adults. Their learned abilities can provide them with essential life and social skills which can enable a smoother transition to the workplace.
Read Dr. Grandin’s full essay, and let us know in the comments below how you’ve helped a child with autism develop as a person.
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