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Talking to a pupil with autism

Sat 11 Jul 2015 12:33pm

Hi there,

Just wondering if anyone has advice on an issue that has recently arisen in my classroom. I teach in an autism unit and one of my pupils is a 6 year old boy. He has made excellent progress with his communication and after extensive work on 'wh' questions he began coming in to school after the weekend and answering questions about what he did, who went with him etc. He would even volunteer information without being asked which was huge. However, in the last number of weeks he has refused to communicate and will shout 'Don't Talk' when asked a question of any kind, This is also the case at home and this is now the only response he is using when asked any questions at home or at school. Has anyone any ideas on how to get him communicating again? 


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  • JosieB's picture


    Welcome to the forum smiley


    I am wondering if he means he doesn't want you or anyone to talk or whether he's repeating something that he's heard somewhere.   Have you tried phrasing what you say to him in a question that he might answer.  Perhaps asking him what he would like to talk about. 

    Perhaps someone has been listening to something else and he was talking and told not to talk and he has taken it literally so maybe saying "It's time to talk" would work.


    Of course this is all guesswork unless someone can figure out why this is happening.


    Maybe some of the others in here will some different ideas on how to approach this one.


    You might also find some useful info in the "Understanding Autism" section on "Communication".







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  • WilliamRiley's picture

    You are doing great job by helping, caring and teaching to pupils with Autism politely and thinking about better ways to make more comfortable for pupils without any complication by participating in such community where can get expert’s advice also.


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  • jozephchristopher's picture

    As the teacher, you need to be prepared to initiate an intervention when an autistic student talks to him- or herself. He needs to learn positive coping skills that are aimed at making his condition more tolerable without creating new issues. In order to create this intervention, you need to understand what self talk is all about. Autism often comes with an intense set of sensory issues. That means that some senses may be more in tune than others, while other sense may be a bit delayed.

    Jozeph Christopher,

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