How well do teachers understand children with Asperger's? Dr. Ioana Georgescu shares what educators need to know to ensure these students are well-integrated
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How well do teachers understand the diagnosis of Asperger's? This is a fundamental question, especially in a society striving for more effective educational inclusion. Dr. Ioana Georgescu, a specialist in pediatric psychiatry, provided us with a pertinent perspective: "Understanding can vary considerably depending on each teacher's experience and training."

It is evident that, without adequate training, teachers may struggle to recognize and respond to the specific needs of students with Asperger's. However, with proper preparation and a flexible approach, teachers can make a significant difference in these children's lives.

The first essential step is adapting teaching and assessment methods. "Teachers must adapt their teaching and assessment methods, provide clear and explicit instructions, and avoid ambiguity. It is helpful to use illustrations, diagrams, or other visual aids to support understanding", said Dr. Ioana Georgescu to ParintisiPitici.ro.

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"Teachers should be open and value the interests of children with Asperger's"


Another important aspect is recognizing and valuing the special interests of children with Asperger's.

"Many children with Asperger's have intense and specialized interests in certain areas. Teachers should be open and value these interests, using them as starting points for learning and engagement in the classroom", added Dr. Ioana Georgescu.

For example, a child passionate about astronomy could be encouraged to present a project about planets to their classmates. This would not only stimulate their interest in learning but also boost their self-esteem.

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Dr. Ioana Georgescu: "They can't 'read between the lines' when given feedback"

Teachers need to be aware that students with Asperger's may have difficulties understanding non-verbal social cues, such as reading facial expressions or tone of voice.

"These students often interpret communication literally and may struggle with understanding humor; they can't 'read between the lines' when given feedback", added Dr. Ioana Georgescu.

Therefore, the feedback provided must be clear and direct, and the teacher's patience and empathy are essential.

Understanding and supporting children with Asperger's requires a concerted effort from educators. With proper training, empathy, and openness, teachers can create an inclusive and stimulating learning environment where every student feels valued and understood.

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Autorul articolului: Loredana Iriciuc
Categorie: English

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