The Basics of AutismSpectrum Disorders Training Series Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio (RAAC-SWO) RAAC Training Committee 2011
Training Series Modules Module One: Autism Defined, Autism Prevalence and Primary Characteristics Module Two: Physical Characteristics of Autism Module Three: Cognition and Learning in Autism Module Four: Getting the Student Ready to Learn Module Five: Structuring the Classroom Environment Module Six: Using Reinforcement in the Classroom
Training Series Modules Module Seven: Autism and Sensory Differences Module Eight: Sensory in the Classroom Module Nine: Communication and Autism Module Ten: Communication in the Classroom Module Eleven: Behavior Challenges and Autism Module Twelve: Understanding Behavior in Students with Autism
Training Series Modules Module Thirteen: Social Skills in the School Environment Module Fourteen: Functional Behavior Assessment Module Fifteen: Working Together as a Team Module Sixteen: Autism and Leisure Skills to Teach Module Seventeen: Special Issues of Adolescence Module Eighteen: Safety and Autism Module Nineteen: Special Issues: High School, Transition, and Job Readiness
Training Series Modules Module Twenty: Asperger Syndrome: Managing and Organizing the Environment Module Twenty-One: Asperger Syndrome: Addressing Social Skills
Autism and Leisure Skills to Teach Students with ASD may not learn leisure skills automatically. Skills can range from: None Limited
Autism and Leisure Skills to Teach Leisure activities are an important part of everyone’s life. Students with ASD may have limited interests. We need to teach new activities to go with their favorite activities so they have more choices.
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills Some will have preferred leisure skills unique to their special interests. If the student has a particular interest use that to guide leisure activities. (i.e. Likes music – listen to music, play music, go to concerts, Likes food – teaching them to cook) Some activities will need to be changed to be successful. (i.e. recipe for cooking should be broken into simple steps with pictures)
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills A new activity will need to be taught step by step with help and practice. Use a few clear words with visual and physical help when teaching an activity.
Strategies to Increase Leisure Skills Leisure activities can be done alone or as a group. Choices are important. Choice making may need to be taught. Have a list or pictures of choices. Have a variety of activities so the student does not get stuck in the routine of doing the same activity again and again.
Big IdeaHelp the student with ASDchoose a variety of activities sothey do not get stuck doing thesame thing over and over again.