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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Home School an Autistic, Non-Verbal Child in a Toy Store?

Learning happens everywhere. Tammy Lessick is always on the lookout for ways to reinforce her child's learning and increase his communication skills. This is from her blog post on the website Autisable:
TapToTalk allows me to take school outside of the home...This is what has been the most important part of our home schooling. When my son decides that he will not do any work at home, I take school out of the home and into the community. I’m working on getting my son to independently point at things when asked. He prefers taking my hand and directing it to what he is selecting. He has responded well with using a stylus on the computer and on the Nintendo. 

The toy aisle can be a hunt for animals (including dinosaurs), a treasure hunt for items that are determined by answering a question, or a lesson in math. The key is to turn whatever environment you are in, (a store, the park, a hiking path), into a learning environment. School does not have to occur only at a table. You can leave the house and continue your teaching in an environment that your child considers fun. Be creative, be adaptable, and always remember that you are only limited by what you determine are your limitations.
Thanks for sharing this with us, Tammy.

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