ERIC Number: ED363063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Be Independent and Responsible. Functional Programming for People with Autism: A Series.
Children with autism cannot be taught independent and responsible behavior in the way that most "sociable" children are taught, due to their deficits in social interaction and communication. Children with autism must first build trust in order to feel secure and to be able to concentrate on learning new skills and behaviors. Environmental supports needed by the child with autism may include structured, predictable environments and controlled stimuli. Instructional supports include visual mode communication, analysis of individual strengths and interests, and adaptations. Motivation techniques must also be considered. Long-term goals and consistent, positive approaches should be established early so that the person with autism achieves as much independence and responsibility as possible and gains competence in the activities of adult life. (JDD)
Descriptors: Autism, Basic Skills, Classroom Techniques, Daily Living Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Independent Living, Normalization (Disabilities), Personal Autonomy, Responsibility, Skill Development, Student Responsibility, Teaching Methods
Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, 2853 E. Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
Note: For related booklets, see EC 302 521-530.