autismlist – Child1st Publications


How They Learn Best

Children with autism think in pictures, not in language, so when learning to read, it is very helpful to have words embedded in images. The image is their language and the image becomes their best vehicle for learning. Many children with autism are good in art, drawing, and design.

  • We can engage these creative children by asking them to draw pictures of what they are learning.
  • When sequences present a problem, use images that show what to do at each step.
  • When teaching numbers and what they mean, use concrete objects, color coding (one color per number) and manipulatives that show the meaning of math.
  • Stories are powerful vehicles for learning concepts. Use story to teach specific concepts.
  • It is helpful to follow a very predictable routine each day; to have a specific place for each activity throughout the day.