One of the best things about STEM programs is that they are all-inclusive. Children from all types of backgrounds and with a variety of abilities can take part in activities and benefit from all that STEM classes have to offer.

The approach to presenting topics may differ, depending on each child. At MakerKids, we have the skills and technology available to help children from all backgrounds, including neurodivergent children, receive the STEM education they desire so that they can succeed.

Our virtual group and private classes provide a secure and supportive sensory environment where children can engage in learning with confidence. By fostering a safe space, we ensure that each child feels comfortable and empowered to explore STEM concepts at their own pace. Our approach not only encourages academic growth but also nurtures social and emotional development, fostering a holistic learning experience for every child.

Here are some ways you can support your neurodivergent child in their quest to learn all about STEM.

5 Ways to Support Neurodivergent Students in STEM

Recognize Different Learning Styles

No two children learn the same way. Some people are visual learners, while others thrive in an audible environment. Discover which learning style or styles your student excels in most and ensure that there are lessons that adapt to those styles.

It’s important to recognize that some neurodivergent learners may not be able to sit for long periods of time and may flap their hands or rock back and forth. Many times, this is their way of calming their body. Be mindful of these movements during the learning process and when looking at different types of lessons.

Provide Hands-On Learning Tools

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By nature, STEM lessons are non-traditional in that there is plenty of hands-on learning. Neurodivergent students often benefit from non-traditional lessons and plenty of movement, such as going from sitting to standing. Look for instruction that can provide this as well as plenty of hands-on tools. This allows students to explore the world around them.

Establish a Routine

Students from all backgrounds can benefit from having a routine, but this is especially true for neurodiverse learners. Providing consistency in STEM lessons can give children comfort and help them succeed as they prepare for what’s ahead.

Provide Clear Instructions

Providing clear instructions of the lessons ahead can help your student be more successful. Having an itemized list of tasks can help neurodivergent learners know exactly what is expected of them.

Educate Them About Neurodivergent People in the STEM Field

Some neurodivergent children may think that they won’t be able to succeed in the STEM field, but nothing could be further from the truth. There have been plenty of individuals with a neurodivergent background who have been extremely successful in the STEM field. These include notable names such as Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Carol Greider, and James Dyson. By providing students with their successful backgrounds, they can feel inspired that they can accomplish the same things.

Learning About STEM at MakerKids

At MakerKids, we ensure that our curriculum is designed to include children of all backgrounds and learning abilities. We provide lessons in coding, robotics, and Minecraft for children in grades 1-8. Each class is geared towards specific age groups so that children are always grouped with their peers. They are also put in classes according to their level from beginner to advanced. We keep our virtual class sizes small with a 1:5 instructor-student ratio to promote engagement. Our mentors are skilled in providing each child with the best STEM education possible. They are there to help them build their skills, and mold them into the next generation of STEM entrepreneurs.

Call MakerKids today at 416-385-3577 to learn more or check us out online.

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