Child learns at home

Amaze is the peak body for autistic people and their supporters in Victoria.

Amaze builds autism understanding in the community, influences policy change for autistic people and their families/supporters, and provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

Now they have shared some tips on learning from home while we are still home schooling.

  1. Take a deep breath. This is a very challenging time for everyone, especially parents. You are not a teacher and everyone is just doing the best they can. The school is responsible for providing the work. 
  2. The school should provide additional supports for students with a disability. If you are not getting the support you need from the school, contact the Amaze Autism Advisors (details below). 
  3. Teachers (and parents) may need to make reasonable adjustments to support a child’s learning. 
  4. Teachers may need professional advice about supporting autistic children learning from home. You can direct them to contact the Amaze Autism Advisor service, Positive Partnerships, and/or the Department of Education.
  5. Use visual schedules to plan your child’s school day.
  6. Brain breaks – many autistic kids need “brain breaks” to rest during lessons. A brain break could be drawing, playing music, reading a favourite book, doing a puzzle, lying down, running around, sensory play, or anything else your child loves to do. Work out a schedule that works for your child. For example: 
    • Work – 15 minutes
    • Brain break – 10 minutes 
    • Work – 15 minutes 
    • Brain break – 10 minutes 

For resources and contact information for Amaze's Autism Advisors, head to the Amaze Website

 

Image credit: Amaze