ERIC Number: ED455646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring the Options for Young Children with Autism.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.
This report discusses the identification and treatment of young children with autism. It is divided into four components that include a summary of areas that should be addressed when designing programs and services for young children with autism. The first part describes characteristics of autism, differences between autism-related disorders, and early intervention and preschool for children with autism. The benefits of inclusive programs for children with autism are listed, along with factors that must be present for successful social and educational integration of children with autism. Key considerations that should be addressed by the assessment process are provided and the organization of the classroom environment is highlighted. Part 2 of the report discusses using the early childhood curriculum for children with autism that considers age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. Suggestions for assisting children with autism in enhancing their social skills are offered, along with recommendations for promoting language and communication development, encouraging cognitive development, and providing aesthetic and physical activities. The last two parts provide suggestions for planning the daily schedule and involving families of children with autism. Appendices include information on the criteria used to describe autism, additional intervention approaches, and treatment categories. (Contains 61 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Autism, Cognitive Development, Curriculum, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Strategies, Inclusive Schools, Language Acquisition, Motor Development, Scheduling, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Teacher Role, Young Children
Massachusetts Department of Education, 350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-3625; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.doe.mass.edu.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.