How Does Autism Affect Learning?
Every child with autism is different. It is called a spectrum disorder because there is so much variation in how autism expresses itself.
In general, when it comes to learning, the most common problem that children with autism have is that it’s extremely hard for them to learn language and social skills.
Children who don’t have autism learn without our intervention.
In other words, the “typical” environment they are born into has the right conditions to learn language and social skills.
(After a few years, however, they no longer learn everything “naturally” and most need a very structured environment to learn to read, write, and do math.)
Children with autism learn a lot less from the environment. They are often capable of learning, but they need a very structured environment to do so.
ABA (click here for more info) is a treatment that helps set up the environment to enable children with autism to learn.
Using special programs that are structured and give one-on-one instruction, children with autism can learn to function at home and in the community.