Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as how does educating a child with autism differ from educating other children
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Host: How does educating a child with autism differ from educating other children? Peggy Halliday: Children with autism don t learn in the same way that typical children learn and in school, a lot of education that takes place tends to be observational learning and what that means is the teacher will stand in front of the classroom and interact with one child, the rest of the kids are not getting one on one attention from that teacher but they are learning by watching the interaction between teacher and the other child. Children with autism are often not able to do this because they are not good observers, they are not able to imitate and so, sitting in a classroom where they are expected to learn by seeing what s going on in this way is often not a way that they are able to learn. Another very popular way of teaching kids who are typically developing is through discovery learning.