One more re-post 🙂 and then I can start working on my horribly procrastinated drafts!!
This doesn’t necessarily pertain specifically to Autism or any Spectrum Disorders but knowing about the different styles of learning and what style you personally are can be very helpful in perceiving how your child thinks or acts.
About a year before my son was diagnosed I started doing some online schooling to teach English as a second language and the first thing you learn is about the different learning styles and what your own learning style is as well. They do this so you as a teacher can gear your lessons for all your students and not just one group of learners.
The following link is a good place to check your learning style if you don’t already know it. There are lots of tests/quizzes on the internet but this one that I like the best.
And this link is a much more in-depth look at your learning style(s). I found it interesting but not much use for it in a practical sense, or at least, yet anyway. I just like to have as much knowledge as I can about something.
Now, I am a Tactile or Kinesthetic Learner, I learn best by doing and working with my hands as I can retain information better this way. Visual is my secondary learning style while Auditory is basically useless to me.
My son’s primary learning style is Visual and his secondary is Tactile/Kinesthetic so I am lucky that we have similar learning styles so it makes it easier for me to help him in everyday routine and new situations. It does present its challenges as I don’t need to have a visual to learn something new but my son does 99 percent of the time. And, like with me, using auditory instructions is of no help to my son as his primary learning style is Visual.
So, this means that when I sit down with him to do something new routine-wise or activity or schoolwork I have visuals for pretty much everything to help give instruction and directions for whatever we are doing. It, also, means that even when I start planning out something I want to do with him that I am thinking about how he will or may perceive what we’re doing. For some stuff it requires some fine-tuning before we find what really works or simply just consistency until it becomes routine.
It is essentially a “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes” mentality, but with some basic working knowledge of what their thought process may be and how it is different from your own. Doing this has made it possible for me to understand my son so well and for him to be able to learn as much as possible as well over the last few years!!
Again, it may not be directly related to Spectrum Disorders to know about learning styles, but it can absolutely affect how well you can know your own child!