Answer: For children that are concrete thinkers, teach rules and skills. Many individuals with ASD follow rules well and understand those types of boundaries. Make sure everyone who works with that child knows the established rules as well. You can teach the “why” behind the rule if the child is at a higher social-cognitive level. Keep in mind the cognitive level when teaching concepts. Does the person understand abstract concepts? Can they apply what they’ve learned in books to real life? Think about how the person learns best: using computers, through visuals, reading, video modelling etc.
In this month’s blog: Eliot Borenstein, father of a son with autism, debates the merits of inclusive education. What is the difference between an intellectual disability and a learning disability? A new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found that by the time infants turn one, infants who are later diagnosed with autism smile less often than those who do not develop the disorder. It’s hard for parents to address the topic of sexuality and personal safety with their child on the spectrum. Autism Daddy features the anonymous writings of a 44 year old father of a severely autistic son.
As we begin the year 2014, it seems appropriate to reflect back on this past year to see what we’ve accomplished. By looking back and reflecting on process and results, we can set new goals and aspirations for 2014. If you’re interested in research, Autism Speaks listed their Top 10 Advances in Autism Research for 2013. Top 10 Apps for Special Needs for 2013. The benefits of probiotics. Women on the autism spectrum are being under diagnosed. Fear in autism is exhibited in unexpected ways. Sexual health and sexuality can be difficult subjects for parents and caregivers to broach with autistic children, made more challenging when children are at the severe end of the autism spectrum.