Teaching experience from a SPED teacher ....
"she recalls that when she encountered a student who had refused to do work, the first thing she did was to draw visuals to communicate with him, thinking that he needed more instructions. But she later came to realise that it wasn't that he didn't understand instructions, but that he didn't know how to ask for help and had "shut down".
"I had taken many things for granted and assumed the students had a certain level of maturity to be able to do what I thought were simple things. But it turned out I had to break down the instructions to even simpler steps and also take time to understand each student's needs, which can be quite different from one another."
how about trying this - break down the instructions to even simpler steps?
some steps or ways we thot very simple but to them is too complex/confusing.