Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

Teaching Children with Autism, continued

Now, just to round out this brief introduction to IBI, I want to point you towards a few resources that can help to make your life easier. The first of these is Richard Solomon’s DVD, The P.L.A.Y. Project Level 1: Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters, since it suggests a variety of play activities that you can use at different developmental levels (see www.playproject.org).  Other useful play references include Melinda Smith’s Teaching Playskills to Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Susan Sonders’ Giggle Time: Establishing the Social Connection, Steve Ward’s What You Need to Know about Motivation and Teaching Games, Julia Moor’s Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Vicki Lansky’s Games Babies Play: From Birth to Twelve Months, and Griffin and Sandler’s Motivate to Communicate: 300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism.

Remember that “Play is a child’s work!” and it is within the context of play that most of the work is done to prepare your child for more formal instruction.  Play not only provides the main setting in which children learn and practice both language and social skills; it also provides a setting in which you, as instructor, can practice pairing, modeling, reinforcement, and shaping.

Earlier, I mentioned Pivotal Response Training. The reference is The PRT Pocket Guide: Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders by Robert and Lynn Koegel.

Another useful book which you might wish to add to your library is Rogers and Dawson’s Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement.

Most of these resources are available in Toronto from ParentBooks, or through Amazon or Chapters.

Finally, a word about IBI: ABA is the instructional model; IBI is nothing more than ABA applied intensively, say for 100 hours or so per week, with maybe a quarter of that time devoted to specific teaching targets and the rest of it just applying ABA-based teaching to whatever opportunities come along.

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