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Success, Failures, and Methods of Teaching Art to Students with Autism Kristin Kowalski Summit Academy Elementary K-8 Art Teacher Toledo Ohio
Topics Pre-Assessment Growth and Development may be slow, but its worth it: Patience Diversified Instruction to Keep students Motivated and Focused STRUCTURE: Classroom and lesson Structure Understand the Students Sensory Needs Methods for Motor Skill Development Try to understand their thought process before discounting or blaming on behavior There could be a hidden talent that can be embraced Adapt the classroom environment for success Fixations: Battling Them and Embracing Them
Diversified Instruction to Keep students Motivated and Focused
Donavon and Amelia 8 years old 2 nd year at the school Difficulty staying on task Obsessive actions Daydreams continuously Struggles with retaining lesson information Comes from an abusive home environment Struggles with social skills Skilled drawer 8 years old 2 nd year at the school Difficulty staying on task Very imaginative, struggles with separating reality from imagination Obsessive actions Above average academically Struggles with social skills
Lesson Structure Material Preparation “Show me you are ready for art today” Seat Assignment (Relation to other student and stimulus) Classroom routine “My Friends”, voice tone Control of Behavior Alternative options for lesson
Eli 10 years old 1 st year at the school Very energetic Above grade level academically Seeks continuous reinforcement Detailed oriented with art projects Remembers all information about concepts and history.
Plan for the meltdown and try to avoid it. Talk to teachers Discuss the experience prior to the art making Creative ways for dealing with sensory challenging materials. Alternatives “Its all how you word it”
Kevin 13 Years old 6 th year at the school 4 th year as my student Delayed Cognition Very personable Lack Motivation Multiple sensory issues in art: Construction paper, Styrofoam, cotton balls or anything fuzzy. Loves Painting
Logan 6 years old 2 nd year at the school Verbally echoes Delayed Cognition When he started school: -Couldn’t render letters -Verbally very limited -Only scribbled and pounded drawing materials -10 minute maximum attention span in class -Couldn’t retain any lesson information -Made continuous noise and hand gestures
There could be a hidden talent that can be embraced
Mo 12 years old 2 years attending with a year between at a different school Minimal verbal skills Very short attention span Imaginary word distracts from most school activities, art discussions and demonstrations. Loves to draw from cartoons and video games.
Demetrius Not diagnosed due family not wanting special education services 2 nd year at the school See imaginary objects and talks to them Can not focus of academics Yells out unrelated topic frequently Has multiple fixations Behavioral problems