Many individuals with autism have difficulty processing environmental stimuli and are easily distracted. Research has shown that an instructional environment with few visual and auditory distractions is preferable. This helps the student to focus on the concepts being taught while reducing competing distractions. Often when students with autism are presented with too much visual or auditory input, processing may slow down, or if overloaded, processing may stop completely. During this Around Town Roundup we want to highlight three key ways to reduce visual clutter in the classroom.
1. Use physical boundaries to divide classroom space.
|Brian Frimel, Bradford Elementary, Bradford Exempted Village Schools|
|Athenia Eversole, Versailles Elementary, Versailles Exempted Village Schools|
|Amy Beanblossom, Arcanum Elementary, Arcanum-Butler Schools|
|Brittany Bush, Spinning Hills MS, Mad River Local Schools|
|Jamie Zimmer, Kettering MS, Kettering City Schools|
|Laura Brown, Perrin Woods Elementary, Springfield City Schools|
|Kenzie Bruggeman, Versailles Elementary, Versailles Exempted Village Schools|
2. Cover open shelves with a solid fabric.
|Taylor Ruef, Stevenson Elementary, Mad River Local Schools|
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3. Put extraneous materials and supplies in cabinets, boxes, drawers, or folders.
|Carrie Prickett, Jane Chance Elementary, Miamisburg City Schools|
|Kendall Koehler, Normandy Elementary, Centerville City Schools|