Review of social characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Identification and description of the unique emotional and social challenges to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Review of basic strategies and curriculum materials that address social and emotional deficits
Review of case examples for opportunities to enhance social and emotional skills
Brainstorming ideas and questions.
Strategies to Promote Socialization in Children with ASD
Examination of the social characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Discussion of strategies to promote socialization and engagement
Review of specific techniques such as social stories, scripting, and relaxation strategies
Sharing of sample materials designed to enhance functioning
Opportunity for participants to write social story collaboratively.
Dynamic Intelligence – PART I: Development of Dynamic Intelligence
The components of dynamic intelligence
How dynamic intelligence develops in typical children
Why children with ASD exhibit severe deficits in dynamic intelligence
The importance of addressing weaknesses, as well as a child’s strengths
Addressing deficits in dynamic intelligence makes a difference by:
Improving in relationships and social communication skills
Increasing self regulation, body awareness and sensory functioning
Improves social and environmental awareness
Increases intrinsic motivation to learn
Improves flexibility and creative thinking skills
Results in fewer challenging behaviors
Simple strategies that can promote development of dynamic intelligence
Dynamic Intelligence -PART 2: Strategies for Promoting Development of Dynamic Intelligence
(This workshop is only available as a sequel to “Dynamic Intelligence – Part 1”)
This workshop makes use of videos, demonstrations and hands-on activities to help participants understand the techniques presented.
Strategies will include:
Using more experience sharing language, and less instrumental language
Slowing down the pace – allowing space to think
Using less language/using more language – striking a balance
Creating opportunities for co-regulation:
Creating opportunities for problem solving and flexible thinking
Creating opportunities for development of episodic memory
Developmental Methods for Treating Autism
Definition of a “developmental” method
How developmental methods differ from other methods of treating ASD
An overview of the most commonly used developmental approaches
Practical developmental strategies for use in home and in school – to foster social communication and dynamic thinking skills.
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