ERIC Number: ED363979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Helpful Responses to Some of the Behaviors of Individuals with Autism.
This booklet is designed to help people understand and interact better with people with autism, through descriptions and suggestions for dealing with 33 autistic behaviors. First, the booklet provides a simple list, or index, of the 33 behaviors. Then, for each behavior, the typical "common response" (but not helpful) response is given, along with the autistic interpretation of the behavior and a variety of suggestions for helpful responses. Examples of behaviors analyzed include: person is rigid and inflexible, wanting everything scheduled and consistent; person has trouble solving simple everyday problems; person does not respond when asked to do something; person wants to do things immediately; person follows certain rituals compulsively; and person has a history of toileting problems. In the first example cited "person is rigid" the common response provided is "person has to learn to fit in"; the autistic interpretation is "person is trying to keep the world manageable"; the helpful responses included "teach flexibility by introducing change slowly,""use pictures and written schedules," and "provide choices," etc. (DB)
Descriptors: Autism, Behavior Patterns, Behavior Problems, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention
Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, 2853 E. Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 ($2).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Indiana Resource Center for Autism.