Individuals suffering from Asperger’s syndrome have unique behavioral traits. Their uniqueness distinguishes them from other students in the school environment.
Sometimes, people misjudge Aspies because they are not aware that they have the condition. Teachers also fall victim of this too. The teacher may assume that the child is being rude by the way he or she talks or behaves.
Most parents who have done the Asperger’s test for their children are lucky because they are already aware of what’s coming and may inform the school authority or the teacher about their child's condition. The teacher will pay special attention to the child, but he or she needs to have a sound knowledge of the condition and how students with this condition behave. It will help the teacher to meet the needs of the student at least to an extent.
In a nutshell, teachers need to have sound knowledge about Asperger's students. Even before an Asperger’s test is conducted, an experienced teacher can determine if a child has the condition.
Teachers spend more time with students than most parents do especially for parents handling two or more jobs. Since they spend more time daily with the child, they can easily identify if the child has Asperger's syndrome. However, below are the things about Aspies every teacher should know about.
1. They very sensitive to environmental stressors
Teachers who have students with Asperger's syndrome should know that these individuals are highly sensitive to environmental stressors. They may become extremely angry when a routine is changed and in situations where they do not know what to expect or do. However, fatigue and stress can easily throw them off balance. Aspies also engage in rituals sometimes.
2. They may not like physical contact
It is also important for teachers to know that Aspies may not like physical contact. They prefer to remain isolated and they also see themselves in a different way from others. Aspies may not want their peers to be involved in whatever they are doing. And this can also affect their academic performance. They also experience difficulties working with other students in group situations.
3. They may relentlessly ask questions on areas of interest.
The teacher may be teaching different while the student with Asperger's syndrome will continue to ask questions on an area of interests that are not in line. They may also refuse to learn anything new apart from their field of interest. This trait may appear awkward to teachers who do not have clue that the student is special.
4. They are not organized
It is almost impossible to have an Asperger's student who is organized. Most Aspies are not organized. They are distracted by internal stimuli and have problems sustaining focus during class activities. However, it is not that the student with Asperger’s syndrome has poor attention. His or her attention is odd meaning an Aspie cannot figure out what is actually relevant.
5. They can be naturally clumsy
Aspies have poor motor coordination and they tend to be very clumsy and awkward. They have stiff and awkward gaits and are unsuccessful in games involving motor skills.
6. They experience penmanship problems
Aspies have poor handwriting due to their poorly developed motor skills. The teacher may be displeased with the student's handwriting if he or she doesn't know the condition of the student. The poor motor skills may also affect their ability to draw.
7. They are emotionally vulnerable
Aspies are emotionally vulnerable and lack the emotional resources to handle the high demands of the classroom. They become easily stressed because of their inflexibility and have low-self esteem. Most Aspies, especially adolescents may be prone to depression. They also respond to stress or frustration through rage reactions or temper outburst.
8. They have poor social skills
Students with Asperger’s syndrome have problems interacting with peers. They do not make eye contact or understand body language. They prefer to stay alone because of their social interaction problems. And even when they interact with people, they only concentrate on an area of interests and wants the other person to listen while they continue speak.
Teachers have a responsibility to identify and cope with the different behaviors of students in the classroom.
If they have students with Asperger’s syndrome, then understanding how they behave, their shortcomings and disability can enable them to help the students to cope well academically at least to an extent. It is also important for teachers to know how Aspies behave in order not to misunderstand or misjudge their actions.