Teaching Children with Autism

Teaching Children with Autism

I am an information junkie. I have more information about teaching children with autism than I know what to do with. Perhaps I will work my way through some of it, wharing various items with you. For the most part, I have no idea where they came from – apologies to those authors that I can’t thank.

From: “S.I.” HYPERLINK “mailto:raf1@rogers.com”

Subject: ABA TREATMENTS AND PROGNOSIS

I have been following the discussions on ABA and Possible Recovery.

Although, I can not find the research paper at this very point and time, there is documentation by Dr..Lovaas himself, where he explains that they usually can get a feel for which clients will do well or less well in their program. Apparently and I do tend to agree, in spite of intensive early intervention, the “auditory learner” will soar , as opposed to the “visual learner”.

Consequently, Dr.Lovaas wrote a book in 2003 – Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays (which programs for the Visual Learner)

The following can be found on several websites.

Lovaas’ approach has been extremely effective for many children, especially those he describes as “auditory” learners. Like most children with autism related disorders, “auditory learners” have tremendous difficulties with language and communication. But with early and intensive behavioral treatment, they demonstrate a relatively rapid ability to acquire verbal imitation and expressive language. These skills provide the foundation for teaching an enormous range of other behaviors necessary for developing more “normal” degrees of social relatedness and learning. With intensive treatment, a significant percentage of this subgroup can attain fully “normal” levels of functioning in every domain.

Only about half of the children diagnosed with autistic disorder meet this profile. Other so-called “visual” learners may benefit from a communication program developed by, Nina Lovaas (Ivar’s spouse) and her colleagues called “The Reading and Writing Program” (R&W). In a section devoted to “strategies for visual learners,” there is a chapter describing the R&W program, as well as a chapter on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) developed by Andy Bondy and Lori Frost.

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