How to support children with autism learning their peers’ names

How to support children with autism learning their peers' names
How to support children with autism learning their peers’ names

Do you know that some children with autism struggle recognising people’s faces?

I was stunned years ago, at the start of my career, when I realised that one of my students didn’t know the names of his classmates. This boy, who had autism, enjoyed being with other children and often engaged in play and conversation, that is what made it even more confusing to be at the time.

My son Sebastian, who also has autism, struggles with that too. Of course, he remembers and knows well close relatives and close friends, but outside this circle, he finds it hard to remember people’s names and faces.

That is because some children with autism can find difficult recognising people’s faces. This deficiency can also be called facial blindness. It does not mean they can’t recognise people, but it can mean that it might take them longer to get to identify a new face.

While recognising faces and remembering people’s names might be an issue for some children with autism, there are ways to support them so they can get to know their classmates.

In today’s video, I talk about two activities you can do in the classroom to make sure your student learns his or her peers’ names, and get to know the other children in the class a bit better.

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  1. lucie loma owanga

    Hi Silvia .
    This is Lucie here.
    Thanks very so much for this lesson today .
    I really appreciate , it very practical .
    I really enjoyed it .
    Matching photos and some information about the person in it , will really help a child with OTSM to remember the face and the name of this person .
    Thanks dear.

    • Silvia Angel

      Thank you Lucie, I am glad you found these strategies helpful.


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