The Challenges of Online Learning for Students With Autism and ADHD During the COVID-19 Emergency

In response to the spread of coronavirus, schools across the nation, are transitioning to online learning for a period of time. This adjustment can be a challenge for some students; particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Online Learning for ADHD and Autism people 

Why students with autism and ADHD have difficulty with online learning? 

If online learning it is difficult for people, imagine how much more difficult it is for people with ADHD. Stay focused and stay on task can be a problem. And it’s also going to be more difficult to organize and plan your day.

In Autism and ADHD everyone has different challenges when it comes to executive function. All people, whether you’re neurotypical or neurodiverse, will have executive function challenges. That’s universal. But people who have ADHD or who have autism tend to have more executive function challenges, to the point where it can really interfere with their productivity, and ability to organize and set goals for themselves.

Tips for professors 

Individuals with autism or with ADHD, have needs that vary greatly. And so really as professionals and as professors, you need to ask them what are the specific things that you can do to be of help, and so make everything easier for your students

-Provide a bulleted list of the important things, and then in the email below or in the information below, provide the details.

Tips for students 

  1. Organize your time.

  1. Regularly enter the Virtual Classroom. It will help you familiarize yourself with the platform faster and understand the contents of the subjects.

  1. Don’t be left with doubts. Teachers, Academic Advisors, and Tutors are trained to resolve any concerns.

  1. Read the directions carefully.

  1. Investigate. Do not just stay with the information provided by the school, so you can learn more about each topic.

  1. Get comfortable. Condition a study place with enough light and good internet connection.

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The Best Career Choices for Teens With Autism

When Autism Spectrum Disorder is present in a person, they often have great difficulties in social interaction and some motor impairments (depending on the spectrum level in each person). All the factors related to Autism can limit the individual’s professional choices, but they can excel in those that they do manage to study.

Career for teens with autism

Because each individual with autism has different strengths and limitations, it’s very important that you choose a career that is in alignment with your natural interests and skills

Animal-related careers

Many children find great comfort in the company of a furry companion, and the animal often offers the child something to focus on, which allows them to stay calm and function better. 

So possible careers include:

  • Pet groomer.
  • Dog trainer.
  • Veterinary technician.
  • Pet sitter.
  • Livestock caretaker on a farm or even an actual veterinarian.

Technology

Some of the most successful and talented software engineers and computer programmers from all around the world have been diagnosed with autism; this career choice requires strengths that include strong mathematics skills, understanding of complex systems, and an appreciation for order.

Science

Those with autism are often very precise thinkers who are capable of paying attention to every small detail while adhering to strict procedures and practices, and this type of personality is critical to the success of many fields related to science. 

Career choices in this field may include:

  • Scientist.
  • Lab technician.
  • Researcher. 
  • Research assistant.

Journalism and Research

Print journalism may be an excellent career goal. Thorough attention to detail may also make several types of research careers a good choice, and these may include statisticians and textbook writers.

Manufacturing

For autistic individuals who do best with repetitive movements and an ordered environment. Working on an assembly line tends to involve repetitive motions that may be just the right thing for their needs. They may also enjoy rebuilding everything from cars to computers, sorting at a recycling plant or building special-made items.

Going through college can be the best experience if you choose a career that suits you.

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Cyberbullying: How It Affects People With Autism

Cyberbullying is a form of harassment that accompanies traditional abuse and amplifies it. It is a type of virtual harassment through social networks and messaging apps. The virtual world has opened up possibilities for action in many ways and also in the case of bullying.

What is cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a form of harassment that is apparently silent and may seem more harmless than direct hits or insults, but it becomes real torture, as violence constantly stalks the victims.

The forms that cyberbullying can take are many:

  • Private messages to the victim through email and instant messaging apps or chat. These messages are loaded with insults and threats, so the victim cannot escape the situation.
  • Public messages on social networks or group chats, insulting and threatening the victim. In this case, the scope is greater and the damage can be very serious; on the one hand, by being written, they do more damage, as it can be read over and over again and has a greater scope. This increases shame, guilt, and discomfort.

According to an article in the specialized website WizCase: “People from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds fall victim to online bullying and cybercrime, but studies have shown that those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more susceptible to online threats than others.”

Consequences of cyberbullying 

Children are affected by cyberbullying because:

  • It damages self-esteem.
  • It makes social interaction difficult.
  • Promotes insecurity.
  • It affects school performance.
  • Somatization. This can range from impaired appetite and sleep to difficulty concentrating.

When cyberbullying occurs at an early age, the child is greatly affected. Hence the importance of seeking professional help. A good psychologist will know how to help and provide you with the necessary tools so that you can solve the situation on your own.

What can we do to help?

  • Family support is essential. Therefore, it is important to encourage communication, expression of feelings, and mutual support at home. In this way, the child will feel that he or she has a supportive and understood family. It is also recommended to seek professional psychological support.
  • It is not enough just to provide support at home; it is necessary to create a strategy of teamwork with the staff of the school. Teachers and assistants have to be attentive to both the victim and the bully in order to gradually resolve the conflict in a healthy and assertive manner.

In short, the best strategy to apply will be an interdisciplinary approach. Harassment is a reality that should not be ignored or minimized at all. On the contrary, the sooner and the better it is dealt with, the fewer consequences there will be for all parties involved.

Cyberbullying is a tough topic to discuss, but it needs to be fully understood.

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Social and Recreational Activities for Teens With Autism

Socialization and recreation are necessary for the development of children and teens with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), but first, they need to learn how to approach other people. Many teens with autism don’t know how to play or participate in recreational activities with others, which can affect their social life and, consequently, their overall quality of life.

That is why we need to help them choose pastimes that are suitable for them. We should always consider their interests first and then determine which activities fit and will improve their capabilities.

In this article, we offer you some examples of social and recreational activities for your teen. Continue reading!

Ideal activities for teens with autism

For teens with autism, participating in group activities offers the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. That helps them feel included and reduces their feelings of loneliness or isolation.

But individual pastimes also helps them develop their creativity and improve their skills. So you and your child need to consider:

  • Activities they can do on their own.
  • Activities they can do with a group.
  • Events attended by teenagers with similar interests, strengths, and needs.
  • Starting a group themselves.

Being part of a social group

Teens with ASD might enjoy participating in:

  • The Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
  • After school clubs like chess, drama, maths, astronomy, computer coding, lego, dance, gymnastics, soccer, or music.
  • The student council or class representative.
  • Creative writing groups or fan clubs about science fiction, anime, or other genres.
  • Lawn bowling, archery, skating, or laser skirmish clubs.

There might also be organized groups for teenagers with a disability, including those with ASD. For example, they could go to summer camps.

Starting a social club, group or event

On the other hand, teens can start a club of their own or organize regular events for people with similar interests and needs.

Socialization encourages knowledge sharing, teamwork, and helps generate partnerships. People who are isolated can’t enjoy the benefits of socializing. As an example, some people who are afraid of being rejected usually refrain from attempting any social interaction. So help your child integrate and form bonds with others!

Some activities can help teens within the spectrum integrate into society and recreate at the same time.

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