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Going to (a new) school can be overwhelming and stressful for some 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