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Can you share some practical things that teachers can use in their classroom to help ease anxiety for their students with autism?

Expert answer

It starts with the schedule. And one of the things that I tell our teachers is that it’s good to have a schedule on the board for all kids and to make sure that the schedule actually matches what’s going on in the classroom. And then as you take kids through transitions it’s really important that everyone is prepared, so that when the child goes to that transition the materials are ready for them — instead of the teacher having to spend time getting everything together.

So, again, just articulating for kids what the day is going to look like so that they have some predictability. Change is inevitable and unexpected things will happen. But what is predictable is if there’s a schedule there that the child knows is accurate; they can depend on that. 

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