Monday, February 7, 2011

Different Special Learners - Aspergers

I'm working with a kid now trying to figure out where learning style stops and learning issues begin.  What a gray area.

We were talking today about aspergers and generally, about the high functioning part of the autism spectrum.  And I quote a section about homeschooling children with aspergers.

Time4Learning has a number of homeschool students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). They have selected Time4Learning as an effective way to teach them a range of skills. Beyond praising the academic strengths, which include a visual and interactive teaching method, parents have commented that the lessons model proper conversations. This helps children with Asperger’s Syndrome visualize and internalize normal conversational interactions. This can be very useful for children on the autism spectrum as they struggle to understand normal social interactions.
For instance, many of the lower school math lessons are introduced with a short conversation between two cartoon characters. Typically, one character asks a question, and the other explains the answer, using a simple, realistic conversational volley. Modeling typical peer interaction for children with Asperger’s has proven to be a strong method for teaching them how to relate to others.

Aspergers always reminds me of asparagus. Don't know why.