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A child with autism tolerating sitting in group lessons

Tram House 4

ABSTRACT: This case study focused on increasing a pupil’s time in group lessons with other pupils. Group lessons enable students to tolerate and establish relationships with peers. This is important as children with autism can lack peer interaction. This involves building tolerance of other pupils sitting close by, as well as tolerating their sounds and movements. Additionally, group lessons improve tolerance to demands placed by the teacher. Such improvements in tolerance would have a knock-on effect in reducing behaviours that challenge (BTC). Group lessons also support pupils to focus for a longer period, which a lot of children with autism find difficult to do. Group lessons also promote appropriate social skills where shared attention is needed e.g., being quiet, eyes looking etc. These social skills can be generalised to certain community settings where shared attention is needed, such as the cinema and attending shows.

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