1. Don’t wait. Begin learning everything you can about the most effective teaching strategies for autism right now.
2. Learn about autism. Research not only the specifics about the medical diagnosis of autism, but also the personal experiences of individuals diagnosed with autism, in their own words.
3. Stay positive. Provide a spotlight on all of your child’s strengths and share those compliments, not only with your child, but with all of the professionals and caregivers surrounding your child.
4. Focus on your child's interests. Teach your child as many skills as possible while joining and engaging in your child’s favorite activities.
5. Maintain a structured learning environment. Keep learning materials and settings organized and clutter-free to minimize distractions for your child.
6. Keep consistency by following schedules. Create and maintain schedules and routines to make learning and task completion easier for your child.
7. Remember to reinforce appropriate behavior. Positive reinforcement in the form of rewards and praise will keep your child motivated to learn with you.
8. Practice skills in a variety of settings. Generalization of skills to multiple people and settings can occur when you teach in many different settings.
9. Practice skills using a variety of stimuli. Generalization of skills to multiple items and situations can occur when you teach with many different types of materials.
10. Be patient. It is impossible to predict how quickly you will see the desired outcomes for your child. Keep teaching and maintain hope that with time and repetition, your child will learn his needed skills.