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Teaching Reading to Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Sarah

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by deficits in cognition, communication, social-emotional development, self-regulatory capacity and restricted interests. Each of these core deficits has a distinct impact on how a student with autism learns. It is important to consider the unique learning needs of students with autism spectrum disorders when planning instruction in the areas of reading and writing. Many students with autism exhibit relative strength in reading word recognition and decoding. Several have been identified with hyperlexia, or the ability to decode text written significantly above their comprehension level. At the same time, the language, communication and social deficits …read more.

Factors To Consider When Developing Autism Programming In Schools

By Judy

In the past few years, school districts across the country have been experiencing an increase in referrals for special education services for students with autism spectrum disorders. As a result District personnel, i.e. assessment teams, general educators, special educators and specialized services providers, have been taxed beyond their limits in terms of resources and time. School district special education and general education budgets have been stretched to cover the costs of both district and nonpublic services necessary to meet the needs of this population of students. School district special education administrators have been challenged to develop comprehensive and effective autism …read more.

Teaching Socials Skills to Children with Autism

By Judy

Interventions and strategies for children with autism should include those targeting social skills instruction as this has been identified as one of the core deficit areas of autism spectrum disorders. One such intervention is the Social Skills Training program that focuses on practicing social skills in the natural group setting to promote generalization. One of the core features of autism is the inability to engage in social reciprocity with peers and others in social contexts. Despite intact cognitive and language ability, deficiencies in social understanding remain constant in all children with autism illustrating the importance of interventions that focus on …read more.

Autism Interventions and Visual Supports

By Rachel

There are a variety of autism interventions that have benefitted children with autism by supporting their understanding and communication. Autism interventions, particularly visual supports that are used in the home, school, work and community settings have resulted in improved social engagement, independence and learning. In response to increasing awareness of the rise in cases of autism globally, multiple autism intervention are being researched and studied to assess the value they have on the specific impairments of autism disorder. There are a variety of autism interventions that have been shown to positively impact children with autism. The use of visual supports …read more.

Autism Behavior Intervention

By Sarah

Difficult behaviors associated with autism require a well planned Autism behavior intervention to address the function or reason the behavior is occurring. This begins with a thorough understanding of the cycle of behavior, deficits of autism that may contribute to the behavior and strategies to support the development of more appropriate positive behavior. Problem behaviors that are associated with stress and anxiety are common in children with autism. Stress and anxiety can be often triggered by environmental stressors, which include uncomfortable social situations, a sense of loss of control, trouble predicting outcomes of various situations, and rigidity in moral judgment …read more.

Assessment Interventions for Autism

By Judy

Assessment Interventions for Autism should include a history of the child’s development, observation, school report and a profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. A thorough assessment of these areas may reveal noticeable delays or a lack of development including spoken language, cognitive impairments and/or stereotypical behaviors.

Autism and Social Skills

By Rachel

Teaching social skills to children with autism is typically a necessary part of many interventions and deficits in this area are one of the key symptoms of children with autism. Treatment programs for improving social skills are typically not integrated in school programs and lack the effective strategies needed for significant improvement.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs

By Sarah

Applied Behavioral Analysis programs are typically used in order to modify the behaviors of a child with autism. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) focuses on the relationship between the observable behaviors of the child and the environment in which they are functioning. This is a key component of any successful autism program.

Autism Intervention Strategies

By Rachel

There are many methods proven to help children with autism. Each method can be used alone or in combination with other methods. Because every child is unique there is no single treatment method that can work best for all children the same. Autism interventions should therefore be customized and tailored to meet each child’s individual needs. The Knowledge Center articles on autism interventions give educators an understanding of the fundamental components and autism strategies required to effectively teach and interact with a child with autism. …read the full article.

The Mission of the Autism Strategies Knowledge Center

By Judy

Mission: To empower teachers and professionals with the knowledge, strategies and tools to create and sustain a cost-effective and research-based autism program in order to help students with autism reach their highest learning potential. As teachers and professionals ourselves with decades of experience working in school systems, we realize how difficult it is to find scientific research-based information regarding autism strategies and interventions, as well as teaching tools and programs. As part of our mission for the Autism Strategies Knowledge Center, we wanted to make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for without having to …read more.