The need to explain things clearly.
Teachers: I absolutely acknowledge that you are trying your best to be clear with your students. Only, please don’t underestimate quite how *specific* you need to be with your autistic pupils. 2/
“There’s lots of stuff going on”
The teacher acknowledged these as perfectly acceptable answers, and I’m sure they are.
HOWEVER they are not actually answers to the question that was asked. 5/
F did NOT instinctively understand this. 6/
(“I don’t feel anything. It’s just a painting.)
You might as well ask her how this teaspoon makes her feel. 🥄 7/
1. She can’t answer the question the teacher has asked.
2. Other children are answering the question ‘wrong’ and the teacher is acting as if they’ve answered right.
3. F cannot for the life of her work out why this is. 8/
“Give me some adjectives to describe this painting”
If you want more depth, follow up with something like “What has the artist done in the painting that has made us think of those words?” 11/
But when the teacher is saying something as if it’s the simplest thing, and it’s melting her brain, that’s hard to take. 13/
(I should also say, this happens to adults too, and is one of the main reasons I find it so stressful working for other people.) 17/