In lieu of Autism Awareness Month, we’re exploring some of the best ways to implement STEM into learning regimens for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior.” With this, we know that many people living with this disorder, especially children, tend to learn better with engaging, hands-on activities.
Autism is diagnosed in 1 out of 59 children, so the likelihood of teachers encountering a child with autism is fairly high. Therefore, it is pertinent to not only become well-versed in the symptoms but also develop ways to engage, teach, and create children with ASD.
During early education, robots have become a way to create learning spaces filled with technology. Inthe classroom, students are finding it easy to grasp STEM concepts with the use of robotics. Zyrobotics has the perfect robot to engage children in the predictive and consistent properties that may also work well with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tommy the Coding Robot is designed to teach coding to young children. A lot of Zyrobotics’ products are great for children with limited motor ability as well as those living with ASD.
For those who want a more DIY approach, check out this article about different science activities for those living with Autism.
As we hit a peak in the age of technology, some may think it’s best to stick with arts and crafts when it comes to ASD. Contrary to this belief, studies show scientists and engineers are more likely to have autistic traits. Delving into these ideas will create a more well rounded education for those living with Autism, allowing them the opportunity to create their own space in STEM-based industries later in life.