Going to (a new) school can be overwhelming and stressful
for children with Autism.
Shadow teachers play a crucial role in your child’s transition into mainstream school. We support your child by increasing positive classroom behaviours, assisting social interactions, and academic work, thus helping him to assimilate into the school environment with greater ease. The goal of a shadow teacher is help your child gain independence in his daily school life.
Children with autism may face difficulties in...
Paying attention in class/circle time
Maintaining appropriate classroom behaviours
Understanding concepts taught in class
Following group instructions
Listening to conditional instructions (e.g. All the boys stand up)
Completing tasks/activities independently
Learning school routines and classroom rules
Initiating conversations with peers
Joining in play with peers
Maintaining friendships with peers
A shadow teacher can...
Increase positive classroom behaviours (e.g. sitting nicely, paying attention in class, following instructions, completing assignments independently)
Decrease problem behaviours (e.g. screaming, shouting, meltdowns, noncompliance, running around during lesson time)
Break down difficult concepts into smaller parts for easier understanding
Develop positive work habits in the classroom setting
Support child in developing positive peer relationships
Increase child’s independence in school
Teach child self-regulation strategies to manage his emotions (e.g. stress, frustration, anxiety...)
Educate and collaborate with school teachers to implement strategies in class
A shadow teacher will provide scaffolding support to bridge learning gaps of the student (and the school teacher).
He/she will only intervene when necessary, in order to incrementally develop the student's (the school teacher's) ability to carry out the required activity/class/instruction/interaction independently and without assistance.
His/ her presence will be faded once the student is consistent in carrying out the task independently.
If the child can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.
Naturalistic, nurturing and progressive ABA
Achieve functional independence in your child's best interests