Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Scout with Autism
Re: Scout with Autism
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 19:08:58 PST
I will post this to the list in case it benefits others - please feel free
to comment on what I have to say...
1. Actually doing his best is still of great importance and is "enough" as
you say it. There are special provisions with Scouts with special needs,
physical and cognitive. The troop commitee can make that discretion. When
a Scout does do his best to learn the material and to advance then it is
proper to sign off the requirements. Remember small strides are good and
should be reinforced with advancement especially wiht autistic scouts.
2. Check the internet - there are several good sites about Scouting and
autism as well as just general sites about teaching and working with
students with autism.
those are two but if you search around you will find more i am sure
3 Two words - STRUCTURE and PATIENCE
If possible have an Asst. Scoutmaster or someother leader work CONSITENTLY
(sorry for the spelling) with this Scout. This is becasue it does take a
long time for autistic children to warm up to someone. If possible this can
be a parent to begin with but it can be beneficial for all invovlved if
there is another leader to fill this role. This gives the parents a much
deserved break and allows the Scout to get to know a new person - a good
skill for them to work on. This person should be very caring and should be
working primarily just with this scout because of the dangers invovled in
Scouting especially when camping.
4. Work closely with the parents and the school - There is no need to
reinvent the wheel. These people work with this boy all the time and know
"tricks" that will elicit certain responsed. Stick with them it will be
easier for all involved.
Hope this helps and definetly do all you can to keep him in Scouts. The
structure and other things that Scouting provides is very good for children
with autism. Good luck
Eagle Scout Class of 97
ASM Troop 628 Machias, NY Allegheny Highlands Council
Asst. Den Leader - Pack 627 - Delevan, NY (AHC)
Lodge Chief - Ho-Nan-Ne-Ho-Ont Lodge 165
Vigil Honor - 1999
Elementary Education Major and Psychology minor
>From: Kim Elmore <KDMcElmore@AOL.COM>
>Subject: Scout with Autism
>Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 21:21:15 EST
>I'm a new subscriber to the list, a Webelos Den Leader, used to be (and
>still am) a Girl Scout . . .
>Does anyone on this list have any experience to share in working with a
>Scout who is autistic? This is not the high-performing kind of autism, the
>boy I am speaking of has enormous difficulty dealing with unfamiliar
>situations and communicating with anyone other than parents. I knew him
>for a year before he told me "hello." He does not make eye contact and he
>does not like physical contact. He does not have the attention span to do
>craft projects, participate in skits, or follow directions. He appears to
>enjoy being with other boys and observing, when he does not get
>overwhelmed. He is comfortable with his Webelos patrol, but it is almost
>time to cross over to Boy Scouts. His parents think that Cub Scouting has
>been good for him, and they would like him to continue. The other boys in
>the patrol also want him to stay with them. We are hoping that the boys
>who have been active in the patrol will all cross over together to the same
>troop, although that is not yet definit!
>e. This boy's ability to fit in will be a consideration in choosing the
>Thanks to this list, I already have a good idea of the Boy Scout
>advancement rules and how they differ from Cub Scouts--obviously, "doing
>his best" will no longer be sufficient for advancement. If you have
>stories/experience/wisdom to share with this boy's parents and the Scouters
>who will be working with him, please E-mail me privately. Thank you.
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