The Listening Program and the Tomatis methods are two forms of Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT). These programs involve children listening to music with claims to improve a range of skills including brain fitness, auditory processing, executive function, communication, social and emotional functioning, stress, motor coordination and creativity. This summary draws upon opinion from several experts […]
What is the future of education for students with autism if external therapists are prohibited visiting classrooms? In Queensland, schools are beginning to prohibit external therapists such as Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists from visiting classrooms. These therapists provide a vital role in the support for children […]
Social Skills Planning This handout is from my workshops on Social Skills and Autism. It is a planning sheet to teach social skill behaviours.
Social Stories™ were developed by Dr Carol Gray to help children with autism understand the social world. A Social Story™ describes a social situation or social concept by describing the cues, perspectives, and common responses of people. Ten criterion were developed to guide the formatting and style of each story. Each Social Story™ should include seven sentence types: Descriptive, Perspective, Affirmative, Coaching (3 types – […]
This article presents a summary of research published in peer reviewed journals which utilise an iPad or iPod as a learning tool for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. This summary includes studies which evaluate and report on children’s outcomes. The use of an iPad as a speech generating device for AAC was not […]
What are Social Skills? Social Skills are the behaviours used to effect an interaction with others e.g. joining in, initiating and responding to others, greeting, cooperative play, conversational skills Social Cognition is a range of abilities that enable the processing of a social interaction e.g. social problem solving, knowledge of social rules, understanding the perspective […]
What is a natural social setting for a school aged child with autism? Many researchers now agree that interventions for children with autism should occur in the child’s natural social setting (Brown & Odom, 1994; Cowan & Allen, 2007; Hart & Whalon, 2011; Paul, 2003; P. Strain, Kerr, & Ragland, 1979; P. S. Strain, Shores, […]