Explaining that autistic children are extremely sensitive to the world, Stewart encouraged teachers to identify what triggers the child’s panic attacks in order to alter the environment and mitigate the child’s behavior.
“You have to help them learn to cope and physically calm themselves down,” he said.
To better help autistic spectrum children, Stewart said schools need more resources. To gain that, he said educators needed to go to their legislators.
“They don’t listen to me because psychologists and counselors are written off as ‘they’re just in it for themselves,’” Stewart said. “They will listen to educators. If you talk in mass, they’ll listen.”
And speaking up for all students, Stewart said, was one of educators’ most important jobs.
“Advocate for your students,” he said. “Advocate for your school.”