Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

An Educational Aside In my working with teachers and school psychologists, I have noticed there is a trend toward attributing a wide array of maladaptive and challenging behaviors to autism.  Poor social skills are called “autistic traits.” Whenever there is a profound sensory need autism is assumed, even though sensory processing issues are present in … More Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

We Can Prevent Behavior/Emotional Disorders by Teaching Communication Skills

Ooh Ooh Ooh, They Finally Did It! I am going to discuss some ideas I had after reading a useful meta-analysis about how to intervene with students referred for intervention or special education for Behavior and/or Emotional Disorders (B/ED). The article is Practices Reflecting Functional Communication Training for Students With or At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral … More We Can Prevent Behavior/Emotional Disorders by Teaching Communication Skills

Teaching Students How to Succeed Means Teaching Them How to Plan

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? Sometimes the most obvious things in life are the things we forget to teach students. I am from Utah, so I grew up in the heyday of the Franklin Quest planners, with every adult carrying a 3″ thick planner and their entire lives planned out to the 30 minutes. … More Teaching Students How to Succeed Means Teaching Them How to Plan

How to Decide Whether Behavioral Interventions Are Actually Necessary

An Educational Aside Over the course of my life, I have been surrounded by autism. Autistic kids have been some of my favorite companions and my twin brother was always willing to be my partner in crime, or allow me to be his. This being the case, I have developed an eye for what behaviors … More How to Decide Whether Behavioral Interventions Are Actually Necessary