The Basics of AutismSpectrum Disorders Training Series Tr inin S ri s Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio (RAAC SWO) (RAAC-SWO) Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders Task Force
Adult Training Series ModulesModule One: Autism Defined, Autism Prevalenceand Primary Characteristics m yModule Two: Physical Characteristics of AutismModule Three: Cognition and Learning in AutismModule Four: Autism and Sensory DifferencesModule Five: Communication and Autism
Adult Training Series g ModulesModule Six: Behavior Challenges and AutismModule Seven: Understanding Behavior in Persons withAutismModule Eight: Functional Behavior AssessmentModule Nine: Autism and Leisure Skills to TeachModule Ten: Special Issues of Adolescence andAdulthoodModule Eleven: Safety and Autism
Autism and Leisure Skills to TeachPersons with ASD may not learn leisure skillsautomatically.automatically Skills can range from: None Limited
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Autism and Leisure Skills to TeachLeisure activities are an important part ofeveryone s life.everyone’s lifePersons with ASD may have limited interests.We need to teach new activities to go with theirfavorite activities so they have more choices.
Strategies to Increase Leisure SkillsSome persons with ASD will prefer activities uniqueS ith ill f ti iti ito their special interests.If the person h a particular i h has i l interest, use that to hguide leisure activities (i.e. Likes music – listen tomusic, play music, go to concerts; Likes food – teach ,p y ,gthem to cook).Some activities will need to be changed or adapted g pto be successful (i.e. recipe for cooking should bebroken into simple steps with pictures).
Strategies to Increase Leisure SkillsA new activity will need to be taught step by stepwith help and practice. p pUse a few clear words with visual and physical helpwwhen teaching an activity. g y.
Strategies to Increase Leisure SkillsLeisure activities can be done alone or as a group.Cho cesChoices are important. mportant. Choice-making may need to be taught. Have a list or pictures of choices. Have a variety of activities so the person does not get stuck in the routine of doing the same activity again and again. g
Big Bi IdeaHelp the person with ASD choose p pa variety of activities so they donot get stuck doing the samething over and over again.