Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Clinic Notes: Special Education and Autism

Unfortunately, many children with autism are in a Special Education classroom along with children with other diagnoses. Many Special Ed teachers tell me that they don't have time or don't know what to do with the children with autism. This problem can be even more difficult when you have children with autism who are at different places on the spectrum and teachers who are not trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for managing behavior and ABA procedures such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT) for teaching skills. In our clinic everyone is well trained in these procedures and this is out primary focus with many of our children. But with some of our children who have trouble focusing there is a variety of software available from companies like Super Duper Inc. for children with autism. Children with autism function best in their visual modality and the animation in the software holds their attention. So Special Ed teachers need to find several computers, old computers will do fine, add a touch screen and some software, (neither are expensive) and they can quickly be in the business of educating children with autism.

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