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Autism

Definition

Classic autism is defined as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3.

Characteristics

  • Impairment in social interaction
  • Impairment of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Restricted, repetitive, and stereotypical patterns of behavior, interests, and activities
  • Impaired imitation
  • Lack of awareness of the existence of feelings of others
  • Absence of imaginative activity

Teaching Strategies

  • Use a consistent behavior modification program
  • Teach in a less stimulating area
  • Use an established routine with repetitive transition strategies
  • Use a predictable routine
  • Be consistent in use of terms, equipment, and class organization
  • Use vigorous aerobic exercise to reduce self-stimulating behavior

 

 

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