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Teaching Methodologies

Introduction to Naturalistic Teaching, an Autism Intervention Therapy

Naturalistic teaching aims to emphasize the physical and social contexts in which learning occurs, what is motivating for the child, and what the child is most likely to want to communicate about. Some naturalistic teaching methods include: 

• Pivotal Response Training 

• Incidental teaching 

• Natural Language Teaching Paradigm.

Natural Language Paradigm

The Natural Language Paradigm (Koegel, O’Dell, & Koegel, 1987) is a teaching approach targeting verbal language acquisition for children with severe language deficits associated with autism. 

Incidental Teaching

Incidental teaching evolved from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which has developed a form of language instruction that works well for many children with autism. 

Discrete Trial Training (DTT) - Educate Autism

"Discrete Trial Training is one of the most important instructional methods for children with autism"

- Smith (2001, p.86)"

Sensory Integration

Children and adults with autism, as well as those with other developmental disabilities, may have a dysfunctional sensory system. Sometimes one or more senses are either over- or under-reactive to stimulation. Such sensory problems may be the underlying reason for such behaviors as rocking, spinning, and hand-flapping. Although the receptors for the senses are located in the peripheral nervous system (which includes everything but the brain and spinal cord), it is believed that the problem stems from neurological dysfunction in the central nervous system--the brain. As described by individuals with autism, sensory integration techniques, such as pressure-touch can facilitate attention and awareness, and reduce overall arousal. 

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Sensory Smart Child

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Do you or does someone you care about have sensory processing challenges? This session will demystify those sensory issues and provide you with practical solutions for overcoming sensitivities to noise, touch, movement, visuals, taste, and smell that can interfere with function at home, at school, and in the community. Sensory diet strategies, environment accommodations, and where to get the best help will also be discussed.

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