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Teaching Children With Autism

    I cannot claim any expertise in the field of teaching children with autism; I can only share with you the stories of friends and others who are helping autistic children lead happy and productive lives. For facts and expert advice related to teaching children with autism please see the links at the bottom of this page.
    Young children have difficulty choosing weather-appropriate clothing, especially in winter time. A cold but sunny day will usually begin with our kids grabbing their T-shirts. Associating weather and seasonal changes with appropriate clothing is a learned skill. Autistic children, while often very gifted in certain areas, can sometimes fall behind their peers in performance of some common daily activities.
    With regard to teaching children with autism Temple Grandin, Ph.D. (Professor at Colorado State University and author of "Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism", see link below) has written, "Many people with autism are visual thinkers. I think in pictures."
    My fiancee Daniela relayed to me a story told to her by the mother of a thirteen year old boy who has been diagnosed with Aspergers. He is very bright and is particularly successful in math class, but he usually does not see eye to eye with Mom when it comes to what clothes to wear. When Daniela showed Mom the Kidknows TM Outdoor Thermometer she was extremely excited. Mom said that getting dressed in the morning has been a constant struggle and that the objective third party would definitely be a great help.
    Not a ground-breaking methodology for teaching children with autism, but perhaps an important stress reliever for both mother and child. The Kidknows TM Outdoor Thermometer for kids is available on-line and at select Learning Express stores nationwide. Please click on the thermometer to visit our home page.
Massachusetts General Hospital Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism - Autism Research Institute National Institutes of Health