Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

There are a few more-or-less-standard treatment techniques mentioned in the previous posting with which you may or may not be familiar.  I assume that you know that Relaxation can be taught fairly easily. Change History with Time-Line is taken from Neuro-Linguistic Programming – NLP), as are the Rapid Phobia Treatment and the Visual Squash.  The Goal Finding Program© was Doug’s own invention.  As mentioned above, it is a “Personal Development Goals Method for self-reward/running your own life and destiny.”  It can be found in its entirety on my website (, so I won’t go into any great detail here.  Essentially, however, “If you know in advance where you are going, and if you have taken the trouble to map out how to get there, the chances of getting where you want to go are much improved. This is true of all of life. This program will help you plan yourself & your life. It will also help you feel better about yourself, succeed better, increase the fun in life, and be happier.”

The Goal Finding Program contains a Dictionary of Behaviour for Personal-Development D-Goals to aid in defining one’s goals in behavioural terms.  Here are just a few samples from that dictionary:



Did something another person’s way

Adjusted quickly to a new demand

Reacted differently to different situation

Thought about something in a new way



Took a reasonable risk

Tried a new thing to do

Went to an unusual/exciting place

Spoke to a stranger



Actively listened to other person’s words

Complimented another on appearance

Commented on a change in another person

Maintained focused eye contact



Moved with limbs loose and relaxed

Talked in a steady, unhurried way

Sat up straight, but with muscles relaxed

Was steady and effective in a crisis



Asked about another’s needs or wishes

Asked to help with another’s problem

Looked after someone in need

Listened for the emotion in another’s talk


The idea is to define your goals in behavioural (i.e., observable) terms, and then do those behaviours (and reward yourself for doing so).


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