Teaching Children with Autism, continued

Teaching Children with Autism, continued

Remember that “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which I will refer to as autism, is a disorder of social communication  and the most common ABA error when teaching children with autism is forgetting that ultimate teaching target! These children tend to be lacking in the language and social skills to be able to get along well with other people (and they can be expected to have other problems as well). In contrast to “neurotypical” kids who learn these skills more-or-less automatically, children with autism may have to be taught these skills, if you want them to be learned.”

Regarding the actual teaching itself, what we are doing is remedial education

Principles of Remedial Education

To put ABA into perspective, here are the principles that govern remedial education:

Determine what the child already knows.

Break the material to be learned into relatively small steps.

Starting where the child is, teach the next steps in each part of the curriculum.

Measure the change.

Modify your procedures and teaching targets as necessary to ensure continuing progress.

Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis or How To Teach a Child with Autism

And here are the principles that govern ABA:

Determine what the child already knows.

Break the material to be learned into relatively small steps.

Starting where the child is, teach the next steps in each part of the curriculum.

Measure the change.

Modify your procedures and teaching targets as necessary to ensure continuing progress.

You may notice that they look remarkably similar.

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